Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle Betting Tips – 13th January 2018

Publish: 01.11.2018

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Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle Betting Tips – 13th January 2018

Kempton Racecourse is the venue for arguably the most intriguing race of the weekend in the shape of the Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle.

This listed handicap is a prize worth winning in and of itself but for racing fans it is most useful for highlighting potential winners of the big hurdle races still to come.

A quick look at the five most recent winners below shows that plenty of quality horses have used the Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle as a springboard for bigger things.

Tea For Two kicked on from his win in 2015 to taste Grade 1 success, Saphir du Rheu proved himself with a win in this race before going on to challenge in the Champion Hurdle and a similarly improving type could well go on to win the 2018 renewal.

Past Five Winners

2017 Modus, aged 7, ridden by Barry Geraghty, trained by Paul Nicholls
2016 Yala Enki, aged 6, ridden by Charlie Deutsch, trained by Venetia Williams
2015 Tea For Two, aged 6, ridden by Lizzie Kelly, trained by Nick Williams
2014 Sahpir du Rheu, aged 5, ridden by Harry Derham, trained by Paul Nicholls
2013 Oscara Dara, aged 8, ridden by Barry Geraghty, trained by Nicky Hendersond

Class Tends to Tell in the Lanzarote Handicap

2013 Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle winner is the only horse aged over seven to win this race since Fredcoteri in 1988.














That’s unsurprising given that hurdle races tend to skew younger than steeplechases and that many trainers like to use this race to test their horses before sending them to compete in Grade level races in the same year.

Although many previous winners went on to bigger things, very few winners of the Lanzarote were complete unknowns. In fact, eight of the last nine winners were either the favourite or joint favourite.

The final thing to note is that recent winners have carried all sorts of different weights ranging from 10-3 to 11-12. That paints a picture of a race where it’s prudent to bet on class rather than trying to find horses who are unexposed compared to the field.

Value Exists in the Early Betting

It often pays to take the ante post prices before race day and that certainly looks to be the case for the big race at Kempton.

At the time of writing there are five horses battling for favouritism which presents us with some value bets about some quality competitors.

As we see it, the winner is going to come from Diese Des Bieffes and River Frost.

Nicky Henderson’s Diese Des Bieffes certainly looks to be the sort of horse who can kick on to greater successes with a win on Saturday.

The five-year-old has only made four appearances under rules and has already claimed two wins. The grey was beaten by If The Cap Fits last time out at Kempton in a novices’ hurdle but should improve for the longer trip this time around.

Diese Des Bieffes will surely be there or thereabouts but we’re going to side with Alan King’s River Frost.

The six-year-old could only finish in the middle of the pack on his seasonal reappearance but the fact that King sent him to Chepstow for the Totepool Silver Trophy Handicap is very interesting.

That contest has produced some very impressive types and may well have done so again with River Frost. King has clearly aimed his charge at the Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle and the in-form trainer has a great chance of saddling another winner at 8/1 with Winner.

Coeur Blimey the Pick of the Each-Way Options

Although the bookies have a good record of calling this race correctly, there are still some very tempting each-way options. Top of that list is Coeur Blimey at 16/1 with William Hill.

The seven-year-old was last seen making a mess of his jumping in a trial for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle but will be better suited dropping back to handicapping.

He won on soft ground at Wincanton last month and should be competitive in similar conditions.


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