Lanzarote Hurdle Ante-Post Preview

Lanzarote Hurdle Ante-Post Preview

January 6, 2016

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The Lanzarote Hurdle (Sat 9th January) is a class 1 handicap hurdle run over 2 miles 5 furlongs at Kempton Park, and in the last decade it has been won by six 6-year-olds, with 7 of the 10 winners carrying less than 10-11.

Lanzarote Hurdle

Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson have both trained two recent winners.

So let’s take a look at this year’s runners.

Baron Alco 12/1

The 5-year-old is on a four-timer for the in-form Gary Moore who has won this 3 times since 1997, and he won his last start over course and distance. Set to carry a light-weight.

Bivouac 8/1

This Nicky Henderson runner still looks well-handicapped after winning impressively on his seasonal debut, and looks to have been saved for this. It’s also interesting that both of Nicky Henderson’s previous winners carried over 11-0.

Blue Hell 12/1

Yet to race over this far, but could still have some juice in his handicap mark for in-form Irish trainer.

Brother Tedd 14/1

Course and distance win was followed by a decent 3 lengths third to Rock On Ruby but must defy top-weight, which has proved beyond many in the past.

Buiseness Sivola 12/1

Hard to dismiss any Willie Mullins raider, but is only 5 and carries a big weight.

Gevrey Chambertin 16/1

You have to admire his tenacity, but 3-miles on a left-handed track has been his optimum conditions so far.

Ibis Du Rheu 6/1

Has the look of a well-handicapped horse for Paul Nicholls, but stable form is off-putting at such a short price.

Little Boy Boru 33/1

On a very similar mark to when runner-up in last year’s renewal, but came into that race in much better form than he is now.

Simply A Legend 12/1

Very closely matched with Baron Alco on their close fought finish over course and distance, and is another with a nice low-weight.

Sky Khan 25/1

Had plenty of runs and, though in form, it’s hard to see him suddenly improving enough to take this class 1.

Western Warrior 8/1

Impossible to know how much improvement he could have in him after just a few runs, but the 7-year-old only won a class-4 last time.

Yala Enki 14/1

Impressive winner of only right-handed start in this country, and this 6-year-old wasn’t disgraced in the big fixed-brush hurdle class 1 at Haydock last-time. Likes to be prominent, and this test could suit ideally.

Tip

Bivouac strikes me as the best handicapped horse in the field, and I expect him to run a big race as both of Nicky Henderson’s previous winners of the race have carried over 11-0. However, it’s Yala Enki who ideally fits the weight and age statistics – and I’m happy to take both against the field.

Bivouac @ 8/1 (Ladbrokes)

Yala Enki @ 14/1 (Paddy Power)

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