Liquidator to be checked over

The Liquidator is likely to be checked over in the next few days following his disappointing effort in Saturday's Tolworth Hurdle at Kempton.

Winner of the Grade One bumper at the Punchestown Festival last April, the six-year-old made a huge impression in winning his first two starts over timber at Carlisle and Cheltenham and was a hot favourite for the weekend's Grade One feature.

Trainer David Pipe admitted beforehand he was concerned the track would not suit his charge as well as Sandown, where the race was due to be staged a week earlier.

However, even allowing for the switch of venues, The Liquidator was expected to fare far better than a well beaten fifth.

His owner, Roger Brookhouse, said: "Nothing has come to light yet. I think they'll probably leave him alone today and have a look at him on Monday or Tuesday. He's obviously not run his race, so we'll see what happens."