A 20-runner field has been declared for the Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton on Saturday.
Nicky Henderson’s Call Me Lord heads the weights for the Listed contest but Seven Barrows stablemate Marie’s Rock appears to be the yard’s top prospect with Nico de Boinville set to ride.
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Paul Nicholls’ Gelino Bello is also prominent in the betting after finding only Blazing Khal too good on his last two runs, while Ch’tibello and hat-trick seeker Green Book both carry lighter loads thanks to the bookings of claiming jockeys.
You can find our guide to the Lanzarote Hurdle runners and riders below, plus tips from Paddy Power pundits and horse racing experts.
Call Me Lord
Trainer: Nicky Henderson Jockey: James Bowen Age: 9 Weight: 11st 12lbs
Dual Grade 2 winning hurdler but he failed to score last season and reverts to this sphere having been pulled up over fences at Hereford 11 days ago. Has plenty to prove.
Trainer: Dan Skelton Jockey: Mr Tristan Durrell Age: 11 Weight: 11st 10lbs
Smart hurdler at his best but he’s posted just respectable efforts after 12 months off in handicaps at Newbury and Hereford this winter. Veteran needs to step forward despite falling in the weights.
Dans Le Vent
Trainer: Evan Williams Jockey: Isabel Williams Age: 9 Weight: 11st 10lbs
Versatile sort who bagged 3m Haydock handicap before excellent fourth in Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham a fortnight ago. Has career-high mark to overcome now, though.
Trainer: Nicky Henderson Jockey: Nico de Boinville Age: 7 Weight: 11st 8lbs
Low-mileage mare who got right back on track when showing good turf of foot to land C&D handicap 20 days ago. Hiked up 9 lb but yard have excellent record in this event and she’s not taken lightly.
Trainer: Sam Thomas Jockey: Jack Tudor Age: 12 Weight: 11st 7lbs
Very smart hurdler for Nicky Henderson who landed this contest in 2018. Made a winning start for current yard over fences at Hereford last winter but well held in 3 hurdles since. Others appeal more.
Trainer: Nicky Henderson Jockey: Connor Brace Age: 6 Weight: 11st 7lbs
Ready winner over C&D last Christmas but he offered little on his return when pulled up in 20f Newbury handicap. Yard have great record in this contest however, so no surprise if he bounced back.
Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Harry Cobden Age: 6 Weight: 11st 6lbs
Proressive hurdler who made a successful start in 20f Aintree maiden before being twice runner-up in Grade 2 events at Cheltenham. Has more to offer, and needs considering now going into handicaps.
Quinta Do Mar
Trainer: Ben Pauling Jockey: Luca Morgan Age: 7 Weight: 11st 3lbs
Ready winner of 17f handicaps at Carlisle and Fontwell this winter and not disgraced off 6 lb higher mark when fourth at Cheltenham (17f). One for the shortlist now stepping back up in trip.
Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill Jockey: Jonjo O’Neill Jr. Age: 7 Weight: 11st 2lbs
Made into a useful hurdler last season, but he came in last of 8 in Hereford handicap last month on his second run back after a wind op. Tongue strap is reached for now.
Trainer: Dan Skelton Jockey: Bridget Andrews Age: 5 Weight: 11st 2lbs
Successful 3 times last term and he has posted two solid efforts to make the frame in 2m handicaps at Chepstow and Ascot this winter. In the mix eased 1 lb now.
Up For Parol
Trainer: Jamie Snowden Jockey: Gavin Sheehan Age: 6 Weight: 11st 1lbs
Improving hurdler who got right back on track after underwhelming chasing debut when landing 19f Haydock handicap, well on top at the finish. Leading player with this longer trip a plus too.
Trainer: Philip Hobbs Jockey: Tom O’Brien Age: 6 Weight: 11st 1lbs
Impressed in getting off the mark in Wincanton novice and followed up on his handicap debut at Ascot (21f) 29 days ago, despite pulling hard. Has more to offer and in the picture in his hat-trick bid.
Highway One O Two
Trainer: Chris Gordon Jockey: Jamie Moore Age: 7 Weight: 11st 0lbs
Ended losing run when capitalising on a reduced mark in 19f Taunton handicap last month. Back up 5 lb now and this is a deeper contest, so he needs to step forward again.
Press Your Luck
Trainer: Chris Gordon Jockey: Brendan Powell Age: 7 Weight: 10st 12lbs
Dual 2m hurdles winner who got back to his best when second in 4-runner Fontwell handicap (19.2f) in October. Cheekpieces go on. Others look better treated at these weights.
Trainer: Venetia Williams Jockey: Ned Fox Age: 5 Weight: 10st 12lbs
Much improved on the level this year and he has continued on the up switched to hurdles, easily landing handicaps at Haydock and Ludlow (21f). Well worth considering for yard among the winners.
Trainer: Ben Case Jockey: Jack Quinlan Age: 6 Weight: 10st 10lbs
Upwardly mobile novice hurdler who made a winning start in handicaps at Doncaster (19.4f) last month. This is tougher, but he shouldn’t be underestimated despite a 6 lb rise with better still to come.
Trainer: Chris Gordon Jockey: Fergus Gillard Age: 9 Weight: 10st 7lbs
Has proved unreliable but he arrives in good nick, fourth of 8 to Marie’s Rock over C&D 20 days ago. He’s no forlorn hope eased 3 lb here.
Trainer: Evan Williams Jockey: Sean Bowen Age: 8 Weight: 10st 6lbs
Useful winning hurdler/chaser at his best, but he has been well below par all three runs over hurdles this term. It’s easy to look elsewhere.
Trainer: Micky Hammond Jockey: Emma Smith-Chaston Age: 7 Weight: 10st 5lbs
Is going firmly the right way, and made it 3-4 this term when completing his hat-trick in 20f Ayr handicap 25 days ago. This is his toughest test yet, but he’s not taken lightly in his current mood.
On My Command
Trainer: Harry Fry Jockey: Jonathan Burke Age: 6 Weight: 10st 4lbs
Has returned an improved model for his new yard this term, readily making all in Market Rasen novice and Plumpton handicap (20f). 8 lb rise shouldn’t prevent another bold showing.
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Lanzarote Hurdle Tips
Matt Chapman: CH’TIBELLO (E/W) is a tough old stick and while he’s not getting any better can hit the frame at least here for Dan Skelton and Tristan Durrell who takes off 7lb. My hope is now racing off 142 having once been up to 157. His run at Hereford last time was not too bad and this slightly longer trip will be right up his street. Indeed now he’s a bit older the extra distance is what he is crying out for.
Mick Fitzgerald: Trainer Evan Williams is in red-hot form and has been the one to follow in the big races on weekends. DANS LE VENT (E/W) won a nice prize at Haydock over three miles so this 2m 5f trip is absolutely fine for him. The biggest problem in this contest will be getting a clear run. It will be a tightly contested race and they may end up going quick up front. That will really suit the selection as he stays well.
Frank Hickey: Nicky Henderson might have a more obvious contender in Marie’s Rock, who was a revelation last time when stepped up to this trip for the first time and she could well be up to defying a 9lb rise if in the same form. MONTE CRISTO is far from consistent, but his win on his only previous visit to Kempton was fairly taking. He bolted up off a mark of 133 (when an unconsidered 25/1 shot), beating the likes of Ecco, Riggs and Whatsupwithyou. He was midfield in the Coral Cup and not disgraced at Aintree. He was poor at Newbury but he may have badly needed the run. He’s only 6lbs higher than they win here last season and looks worth taking a chance on at the prices.
Paul Jacobs: I have decided to go large with one of the bigger priced outsiders from the Dan Skelton yard, namely CABOT CLIFFS. To my eyes this five-year-old has been crying out for a step up in trip following one-paced efforts over two miles at Chepstow and Ascot. In the latter contest the son of Gleneagles was anchored firmly in rear of the nine-runner field and started to make stealthy headway from the third last without being touched by Harry Skelton. Briefly outpaced between the last two flights, he stood right off the last (showing there was plenty more left in the tank) and when Harry finally got stuck into him he finished to some purpose beaten six and a quarter lengths and more significantly by a neck by third-placed Leoncavallo. He looks way overpriced in my eyes and although Harry is set to ride at Warwick and you couldn’t say that the five-year-old sticks out from a handicapping point of view, you can be sure that Bridget Andrews will get the best out of this young hurdler. He will relish this deeper test of stamina.
Paddy Power: I really like GREEN BOOK. Venetia Williams’ stable is in cracking form, the horse is in cracking form, he’s won over 2m so he’s got plenty of speed and over 2m 5f so he’s got plenty of stamina. He ticks a load of boxes.
Timeform: Plenty are in with a shout. UP FOR PAROL was well on top at the finish when scoring at Haydock and, with this longer trip sure to suit, this likeable son of Flemensfirth is worth supporting. Nicky Henderson has a great record in this event so his C&D scorer Marie’s Rock is feared most, although hat-trick seeking trio Green Book, Earth Lord and On My Command all figure high on the shortlist too.
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