Tolworth Hurdle: The Liquidator among final five

Will racing go ahead at Sandown on Saturday?
Will racing go ahead at Sandown on Saturday?

The Liquidator is one of five horses declared for the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday...

Heavy rain has cast significant doubt as to whether the meeting will go ahead, however, and Clerk of The Course Andrew Cooper has called an inspection at 7.30am to determine if the meeting can go ahead... 

Winner of the Grade 1 bumper at the Punchestown Festival in the spring, David Pipe's six-year-old has made a most impressive start to his jumping career, following up his Carlisle debut success with a brilliant wide-margin win in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham.

Ireland's champion trainer Willie Mullins had four horses engaged at the confirmation stage, but his only declared runner is the hat-trick-seeking Upazo. He has, however, also been declared for the Slaney Novice Hurdle at Naas on Sunday.

John Ferguson is set to saddle Prince Siegfried, who was in the process of running a huge race until falling at the final flight in the Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle at Ascot a fortnight ago. Nicky Henderson relies upon Josses Hill, with Martin Keighley's likely outsider Johnny Og completing the quintet.

Heavy rain has cast significant doubt as to whether the meeting will go ahead, however, and Clerk of The Course Andrew Cooper has called an inspection at 7.30am to determine if the meeting can go ahead

Cooper stated "I probably describe us as very much 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.

"What we have decided to do is plan to inspect at 07:30 tomorrow morning, unless the situation deteriorated during the day, which is not totally out of the question as we could see some gusty, squally showers this afternoon if the wind gets up.


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