The Liquidator: unbeaten in two starts over hurdlesPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
The Liquidator declared for Tolworth test
THE LIQUIDATOR will bid to remain unbeaten over hurdles if Sandown's card beats the weather, as the six-year-old featured among a final field of five for the Grade 1 32Red Tolworth Novices' Hurdle.
A Grade 1 bumper winner at Punchestown last April, The Liquidator has made a stylish start to his hurdling career, with two wide-margin wins at Carlisle and Cheltenham, his last success a 15-length defeat of Sea Lord in a Grade 2.
Trained by David Pipe, The Liquidator is as short as 10-1 for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle and 12-1 for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.
He could face Upazo on Saturday, although the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old has also been declared for the Grade 2 Slaney Novice Hurdle at Naas on Sunday.
Josses Hill is Nicky Henderson's representative in a race which he won in 2012 with Captain Conan and 2011 with Minella Class while former smart Flat performer Prince Siegfried and Johnny Og complete the field.
However, Sandown's meeting hinges on a 7.30am inspection on the morning of racing, although this could be brought forward if conditions deteriorate on Friday.
The going at the track is described as heavy on the hurdles course, heavy, soft in places on the chase course.
Speaking on At The Races on Friday morning, clerk of the course Andrew Cooper said: "I probably describe us as just about raceable as we stand. It's a very marginal decision and there are parts of the course I've never known quite as wet, but we would just about get through."