The Lanzarote Hurdle (Kempton 2.40) is named in honour of the 1974 Champion Hurdle winner Lanzarote, who also had two Christmas Hurdles on his CV. The race is run over 10-hurdles and 2-miles 5-furlongs, and has thrown-up some interesting statistics in the last 10 years. 6-year-olds have provided 7 of the last 10 winners, whilst 7 of the last 10 winners also carried 10-11 or less.
14-Runners are set to go to post for the 2017 Lanzarote Hurdle
Won last year’s Greatwood Hurdle off 145 before going on to win a substandard International Hurdle back at Cheltenham. Mixed form this season over fences and hurdles and, though the handicapper has dropped him a few pounds, his stamina for this trip isn’t guaranteed, and he’d prefer better ground.
Placed in this season’s William Hill and Greatwood Hurdles, but is now 5lb higher, a mark off which he only finished seventh last time. Step-up in trip interesting, but higher in the weights than an average winner.
Reverts to hurdles off a 7lb lower mark than his chase rating, and has won round Kempton over fences. Looks a real stayer though, and would probably want the ground to be heavy to blunt the speed of the faster horses.
No great shakes on the flat, but is 3 from 3 over hurdles, including when winning a class-3 over course and distance last time. Upped 7lb and into class-1, but could still have improvement to come.
Would on his first attempt at around 2½ miles, which was his first start for Ben Pauling, and is completely unexposed. A negative is that he’s not raced right-handed, but there’s no evidence to suggest he won’t go that way round.
8lb higher than when winning an average race last time, and doesn’t looks particularly well-handicapped on that evidence. Richard Johnson booked though, but the Champion Jockey hasn’t won the race before.
Ran an interesting race when one place behind Modus at Ascot on his first run for two years, and looked sure to win a race here at Kempton when sustaining that injury when falling on his penultimate start. Has to prove his stamina, but stayed 12-furlongs on the flat. Interesting contender.
Beaten off similar handicap marks in Ireland, and was last seen running in a chase. Now with Dan Skelton though, and interesting to see if he has improved him.
Another with a 200+ absence to overcome, and potentially well-handicapped on his ¾-length defeat by Gala ball 2 starts ago. Stamina to prove though.
Will O’the West
5lb higher than when third at Cheltenham over 3-miles, and may need ground to soften for stamina to kick-in. Flopped twice in class-1 contests though.
Lord Of The Island
Should enjoy stepping back up in trip after struggling to go the pace over shorter last twice, but on a much higher mark than for last win.
Attracted plenty of money this week, and lost of potential for improvement after winning average handicap hurdle last time. Trainer won with another lowly-weighted type last year.
Well-backed to win a Cheltenham handicap last time, but didn’t like the good ground. Will be happy to be back on soft ground, and expected to go well off bottom-weight.
Little Boy Boru
Similar mark to when fifth last year and second the year before, but now 9, and this year’s renewal looks a competitive affair.
2017 Lanzarote Hurdle Summary
6 of the 14 runners are 6-year-olds but, statistically, that can be narrowed down to 5 with Old Guard carrying more weight than ideal. That leaves us with Kalondra, Sam West, Will O’the West, Benny’s King and Templeross. Slight preference is for Benny’s King, whose trainer won the race last year with a similar type.
2017 Lanzarote Hurdle Tip
Benny’s King – Each-Way @ 8/1 Ladbrokes, BetVictor, PaddyPower