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A maximum field of 20 runners are set to contest the lucrative Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton.
Cobblers Dream, the winner of last year’s renewal, is back to defend his crown on Saturday at 14:40 GMT but some classy types are lurking including former Cheltenham Festival winner Pentland Hills and last season’s Persian War scorer Camprond.
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A Charles Byrnes runner in a handicap is always worth a look so it’s no surprise to see Green Glory prominent in the market, although the six-year-old is up 16lbs from his last outing when winning at Leopardstown.
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Lanzarote Hurdle runners
Trainer: Philip Hobbs Jockey: Aidan Coleman Age: 7 Weight: 12st 0lbs
Hasn’t taken to fences this winter but he’s a really smart hurdler, including a win in a big-field handicap at the Punchestown Festival on his latest hurdle start in April. A career best will be required to defy his current mark, though.
Trainer: Nicky Henderson Jockey: Nathan Brennan Age: 8 Weight: 12st 0lbs
Very smart 2m hurdler (won the 2019 Triumph) who returned from a long absence to win on the Flat at Haydock in September. Let down by his jumping over fences since (win came in walk over) and now reverts to hurdles. Stamina not assured.
Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Freddie Gingell Age: 8 Weight: 11st 9lbs
Very useful chaser who won twice back hurdling in 2022, including on his latest start at Newbury (20.5f) in November. 6 lb rise for that is offset by Freddie Gingell’s claim.
Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill Jockey: Jonjo O’Neill Jr. Age: 5 Weight: 11st 8lbs
Won two juvenile hurdles in France last autumn and made a winning start for this yard in handicap company at Market Rasen in February. Even better form when stepped up to 2½m this term, finishing third at Aintree before second to the reopposing Red Risk at Newbury. Could be even more to come.
Trainer: Ben Case Jockey: Jack Quinlan Age: 7 Weight: 11st 5lbs
Had an an excellent 2021/22 campaign, following his win in this with a second in the Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham Festival. Runner-up in 2 chases this season without looking a natural. Back hurdling minus his regular hood. 10 lb higher than 12 months ago.
Quinta Do Mar
Trainer: Ben Pauling Jockey: Kielan Woods Age: 8 Weight: 11st 2lbs
Didn’t come up to expectations on chase/seasonal debut but firmly back on track returned to hurdles when edging out a subsequent two-time winner at Fontwell in November. Running well when falling last in this 12 months ago. Player for yard which continues in fine form.
Trainer: Archie Watson Jockey: Nick Scholfield Age: 6 Weight: 11st 2lbs
Smart stayer on the Flat (good record in the mud) who impressed when winning first 2 starts over hurdles, including 21f Grade 2 at Warwick. Found out at Grade 1 level over 3m at Cheltenham and Aintree in the spring but retains potential now handicapping back over shorter on his return.
Trainer: Alan King Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies Age: 7 Weight: 11st 0lbs
Won his first 4 completed starts over hurdles and creditable efforts in defeat in competitive handicaps at Cheltenham and Aintree (2½m) before Christmas. Should give another good account.
Trainer: Kim Bailey Jockey: Jonathan Burke Age: 8 Weight: 10st 12lbs
Dual hurdles winner last spring. Had another unsuccessful spell over fences in the summer/autumn and ran only respectably back hurdling at Cheltenham in December. Others are more obvious.
Trainer: Dan Skelton Jockey: Bridget Andrews Age: 7 Weight: 10st 11lbs
Runner-up in the Grade 1 Challow last season and shaped encouragingly back from 11 months off when second in 2½m Sandown handicap 6 weeks ago. Surely more to come from this lightly-raced mare. High on the shortlist.
Trainer: Gary Moore Jockey: Niall Houlihan Age: 8 Weight: 10st 11lbs
Quickly got his career back on track returned to hurdles last spring, winning 21.5f Ascot handicap in March. Second in the 2021 Betfair Hurdle off a similar mark so he can certainly cope with the demands of big-field handicaps. Been off nearly 10 months, though.
Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Harry Cobden Age: 7 Weight: 10st 11lbs
Bumper winner who has improved over hurdles following a breathing operation, winning a C&D maiden/Exeter novice either side of an excellent second in the Persian War at Chepstow. Very interesting contender on handicap debut for a top stable in cracking form.
Up For Parol
Trainer: Jamie Snowden Jockey: Gavin Sheehan Age: 7 Weight: 10st 10lbs
Successful on handicap hurdle debut at Haydock (19f) in December 2021 and creditable sixth to Cobblers Dream in last year’s renewal of this race on his next start. His campaign ended with a bit of a whimper but he returns from 9 months off with his yard among the winners.
Mark Of Gold
Trainer: Gary Moore Jockey: Caoilin Quinn Age: 6 Weight: 10st 10lbs
Fairly useful winner on the Flat who has taken very well to hurdling, making it 5 wins in his last 8 starts when seeing off 6 rivals over 19.5f at Lingfield last month. This is a deeper race so he’ll need another improved performance to enhance that good strike-rate.
Trainer: Harry Fry Jockey: Bryan Carver Age: 7 Weight: 10st 9lbs
Promising over hurdles last term, including a third in the competitive EBF Final at Sandown in March. Tongue-tied, bit disappointing when only third on Cheltenham chase debut/reappearance in November but he retains potential back hurdling.
Trainer: Charles Byrnes Jockey: P. Byrnes Age: 6 Weight: 10st 8lbs
Strong in the market and showed improved form to make a winning handicap debut at Leopardstown (2½m) over Christmas. Value for more than the winning margin on that occasion and he’s one to keep on side for his much respected Irish stable.
Trainer: Nicky Henderson Jockey: Nico de Boinville Age: 7 Weight: 10st 7lbs
Marked improvement following a breathing operation when running out a 33-length winner of a Fakenham maiden in May. Much better than the result on his Cheltenham return in November and confirmed that when quickening up to lead late on at Doncaster (19.5f) last month. Top yard does well in this race.
Trainer: Joe Tizzard Jockey: Brendan Powell Age: 6 Weight: 10st 7lbs
Showed fairly useful form over hurdles at the beginning of 2022 and returned to win novice events at Plumpton and Ascot (21.5f) in the autumn. Lacks experience of a big-field scenario but he is unexposed now handicapping.
Trainer: Dr Richard Newland Jockey: Luke Scott Age: 7 Weight: 10st 3lbs
Useful Flat performer who landed back-to-back maiden/novice hurdles last spring. Hasn’t progressed as might have been anticipated in handicaps since, though. Eased another 2 lb but it may not be enough.
Trainer: Mrs Jane Williams Jockey: David Noonan Age: 6 Weight: 10st 1lbs
Looked a horse to follow this time last year and has got his career back on track with in-frame efforts in handicap company on his last 2 starts. Latest 2½m Uttoxeter second came in a competitive race and he’s unexposed at the trip.
Lanzarote Hurdle tips
Timeform: A typically competitive renewal. GREEN GLORY had a bit up his sleeve when winning a competitive novice handicap at Leopardstown over Christmas and might be up to landing another nice prize on this side of the Irish Sea for the Charles Byrnes yard. Nicky Henderson has a good record in this race and his Rathmacknee heads the many possible dangers along with unexposed pair West Balboa and Outlaw Peter.
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