2020 Lanzarote Hurdle tips – Two against the field for Saturday’s Kempton feature

Get Brian Healy's two against the field for Saturday's big race at Kempton, the competitive Listed Lanzarote Hurdle

The feature race of Saturday’s racecard at Kempton is the competitive Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle which goes to post at 2.40pm as the fifth race of the afternoon on a quality racecard at the Sunbury venue.

The 2m 5f contest carries Listed status, and a maximum field of 20 runners will go to post for the day’s feature race which will be shown live as part of the day’s ITV Racing coverage. Boasting a first prize in excess of £25,000 to the winner has seen the race won by some notable types in recent years including William Henry, Modus, Yala Enki, Tea For Two and Saphir Du Rheu.

Brian Healy looks at the early list of entries for Saturday’s showpiece race at Kempton and picks out two potential runners against the field who could post big efforts if turning out.

2020 Lanzarote Hurdle tips – Two against the field

Nicky Henderson has won this race three times, and BURROWS EDGE (13/2, Unibet first adv. 8/1) could go well back over hurdles having fallen over fences when last seen on his reappearance at Ludlow.

The Martaline gelding had yet to be asked for effort in that race, still travelling well when departing the race four fences from home. That was his first run in nine months, and while he failed to complete the course he should benefit from that outing where he can improve.

A dual-winner over hurdles, scoring at Market Rasen and Hereford during the 2017/18 season, he has run well on all three starts at this venue, latterly when finishing third in the Listed Silver Plate Hurdle over course and distance behind Wicked Willy off this handicap mark.

He made a couple of late mistakes in that race which surely wouldn’t have aided his cause; but if stepping out back over hurdles for this race then he’ll represent a yard that continues in good heart, and another big run wouldn’t come as a surprise faced with the smaller obstacles.

Effective on a range of underfoot conditions, he won’t be inconvenienced by whatever the weather throws up, and he remains with scope as a hurdler so can go well in a competitive renewal.

Nicky Henderson

Nicky Henderson has won the Lanzarote Hurdle three times.

LARKBARROW LAD (6/1, Unibet first adv. 12/1) has yet to finish out of the frame since being switched to hurdling, and Philip Hobbs’ charge looks a progressive sort who could easily find further improvement.

Also placed in all four bumper starts, it took the Kayf Tara gelding four attempts to open his win account which he did at Southwell back in March last year, beating Imperial Knight by a half-length although he was value for more than the official winning margin having idled in front.

He had enough in reserve however to hold off his challengers, and he showed improved form on his reappearance when possibly just needing the run at Worcester in September where he was beaten six lengths behind Win My Wings.

However, he showed the benefit of that run to get back to winning ways at the same venue when beating The Vollan, although he needed to be vigourously driven to land the win having again appeared to idle.

The front pair had pulled clear though, and he was giving the runner-up 2lbs despite being rated 5lbs below that rival. He’s 8lbs higher in the ratings now so clearly would need to find further improvement; but he remains with scope to do better as a handicapper and is still a relatively unexposed sort over hurdles.

Philip Hobbs could have runners in Saturday’s Lanzarote Hurdle.