Lanzarote Hurdle TipsJake Johns - 13:01, 11th January 2017
“The Lanzarote Hurdle is the feature race at the soon-to-be-bulldozed Kempton Park on Saturday – a listed handicap hurdle run over two miles and five furlongs. The race was won last year by Venetia Williams’ Yala Enki and she has the fancied Benny’s King running this time round”. JJ
As the final declarations are yet to be decided the race is a bit of a minefield in terms of what will and won’t run. But luckily for us the lads at Skybet have put the race as non-runner no bet already! DoesYourDogBite is your current 6/1 favourite running for Jonjo O’Neil. He’s unbeaten so far for the trainer with three impressive and simple wins this season including one at the track on Boxing Day. Another one that also nearly made the shortlist was Argante for Nicky Hednerson. He’s an eight-year-old but is unexposed over hurdles in England and bolted up last time in a maiden hurdle at Fakenham. He was travelling well behind Thomas Campbell on his first run this season as well before getting trapped on the rail and losing the race there and then. He’s entered in two other races but could be very well handicapped so is one to keep your eye on.
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The first one that makes the final cut is PROTEK DES FLOS the other entry for Nicky Henderson. He was travelling okay despite a few jumping errors on chase debut when making what turned out to be a catastrophic error that knocked him off his rhythm at the 13th. It doesn’t surprise me that Nicky Henderson has decided to revert the five-year-old back to hurdles after that performance and he gets here on an extremely eye-catching mark of 137. What’s more, he got the better of Clan Des Obeaux on heavy ground on trials day at Cheltenham last season so the forecast heavy rain on Thursday should suit him perfectly. He is going to want some rain to capitalise on the lenient mark so keep an eye on the weather man from now until race day.
The second horse I’ll be backing is CHESTERFIELD for Seamus Mullins. However I’m hoping Daniel Samson keeps the ride on him as a 10 pound claimer after his decent 8th at Ascot last time. That run at Ascot was his first for nearly two years and he’s surely entitled to come on for the run. He made a couple of big errors on the way round, especially at the fifth, and although it was tough to see what was actually happening he appeared to come home like a train into eighth. He’s actually been put down a pound for the run and this is probably a slightly weaker race that at Ascot. The last time we saw him at Kempton he had just got to the front under Noel Fehily and would have probably won but for a final fence mishap. The seven-year-old goes on any ground, although he probably wouldn’t want a bog, so don’t worry as much about the proficiency of the weather man with this one.
PROTEK DES FLOS @ 10/1 E/W – N/R!!
CHESTERFIELD E/W @ 33/1 – COMPARE THE ODDS