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."