Saturday 14th January, 2017 – 2:40pm Kempton Park – Lanzarote Hurdle
Jonjo O’Neill’s Doesyourdogbite has been a revelation since switching to hurdles from the Flat sphere and the progressive Jackdaws Castle inmate will attempt to contine on an upward curve on Saturday and heads the betting for a highly-competitive renewal of the Lanzarote Hurdle, which is the feature race from Kempton Park.
- The last two winners have carried 10st 5lb or less
- The last seven winners have been priced 9/1 or lower
- Venetia Williams trained Yala Enki to glory last year (saddles Bennys King)
O’Neill Bids For Lanzarote Glory
A fairly moderate Flat performer, Doesyourdogbite has racked up a trio of wins over timber and impressed when winning at Kempton last time out, and with a return that venue this weekend then he will be hoping to build on that display and he’s currently heading the betting at 6/1 with Coral Bookmakers.
However, not only will he have to defy another 6lb rise for that win on Boxing Day this task looks to be a lot more tougher for him with a host of classy handicappers taking their chance, and while we may not have reached the ceiling of his potential it could be that he struggles to continue his winning ways, and could be worth taking on here.
Ben Pauling’s Jaleo is battling it out for favouritism with Doesyourdogbite and the Bloomfields-owned raider is another that tasted victory last time out, as he defied a mark of 130 to win at Lingfield Park, and he is a best-priced 7/1 with Betfair Sportsbook to land this prize.
He is another that has been hit by the handicapper and now off a mark of 137 he may find this sort of level tough, and while he will have no problems with the hustle and bustle of a handicap, having finished in the mid-division in the Fred Winter at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, this could just be a little tough at this stage of his career.
Nicholls Pair Worth A Look, As Williams Aims To Retain Crown
Paul Nicholls saddled Saphir Du Rheu to victory in this race in 2014 and the Ditcheat handler will unleash a dual-pronged attack here, and that pair sit at the top of the weights, and it’s former Graded winner Old Guard, who will carry top weight, and while he has had an indifferent 12 months over hurdles and fences at his best he has to be considered at 25/1 with Coral, if he can recapture his best form.
Modus is a 12/1 shot with Coral for this task, and he is another worth etching on to the shortlist as having finished a pleasing third in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham in November, he then ran a fair race in a Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle at Ascot last time out, but a mark of 145 may just see him have to settle for a minor role here.
Venetia Williams’s Yala Enki stormed to glory in this race 12 months ago and she will send Bennys King to Kempton this year, and he impressed with victory at Uttoxeter last time out, and with very few miles on the clock could sneak into calculations here, and is an eye-catching 8/1 chance with Coral.
Daly’s West To Strike Gold
Henry Daly’s Will O’the West tired in the closing stages over three miles at Cheltenham in November, so a drop back in trip could see him bounce back to form, and at 16/1 with Paddy Power could run a huge race in what should be a real mouth-watering assignment for punters on Saturday afternoon.
He had previously ran a huge race when just touched off into third at Cheltenham in October, and if he can bounce back to that sort of form then he could well be the each-way play in this race, which is jam-packed with possibly progressive hurdlers who may look to use this race as a stepping stone to Graded company.
Of the others, Lord Of The Island (10/1) was a faller last time out, but can’t be completely ignored, while the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Templeross (12/1) flopped at Cheltenham last time out, but can’t be completely ignored if finding his best form from earlier in the season.
2017 Lanzarote Hurdle Odds
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