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Mangan pays dividends as she leads Liquidator to decisive victory

DAVID PIPE'S decision to send The Liquidator for the Betdaq The Peoples Exchange Champion INH Flat Race paid dividends with a decisive success.

Fourth in the Cheltenham Bumper, his task was made a bit easier when the winner of that race, Briar Hill, was declared a late non-runner.

Pipe secured the services of leading Irish amateur Jane Mangan, already a winner at the meeting, and she was always in the right place on Roger Brookhouse`s five-year-old.

Sent off at 4-1, The Liquidator took over from Blackmail over a furlong out and powered clear of Gilt Shadow and Apache Stronghold for an impressive success.

Pipe said: "There`s not a lot of him but he`s very tough and very gutsy.

"I think it obviously helped a lot with the favourite dropping out but he`s been on the go for a long time.

"When he was second at Cheltenham in November we knew he was a decent horse but all he`s done is improve and he`ll make a smashing hurdler next year.

"Roger had a shortlist of jockeys and Jane gave him a fantastic ride."

Mangan, so unfortunate when unseated from Oscar Delta at Cheltenham when looking to have the Foxhunter at her mercy, said: "I'm delighted, that's definitely my biggest winner so far. My first Grade One, my first ride for Mr Pipe - it just all came together.

"When a race goes right for you, it goes right and that was one of them. It was easy to get a position because he travelled so well.

"He's a well-balanced horse, he took it up in the straight and was very brave and fought to the line.

"I just got the call from David during the week, I don't know why and I wasn't going to ask why!

"I've been riding good horses all season and a couple of them have won and it's great to be riding in these big festivals."

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