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Lanzarote Hurdle - 10th January, 2015

Nick Williams's Tea For Two was an impressive four-length winner at Towcester last time out and the progressive six-year-old will look to build on that effort on Saturday afternoon in what is an ultra-competitive renewal of the Lanzarote Hurdle.

Kilcooley was well beaten by Supreme Novices' Hurdle hope L'ami Serge two starts ago, but then landed a Haydock Park event and he looks to still be on the upgrade and can feature prominently, whilst Nicky Henderson's Hammersly Lake has notched up a brace of second placed finishes and has to be respected.

Philip Hobbs's Hello George wasn't disgraced when sixth in the Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot and has the potential to be on the vicinity in this contest, whilst Warren Greatrex's Warrantor has notched up a couple of impressive victories in his last two starts and will aim to land the hat-trick here.

Of the others, David Pipe's Heath Hunter could still be potentially ahead of the handicapper and is of interest, whilst the Pond House team will hand former Greatwood winner Dell' Arca a test in what is an intriguing feature on a day that will see the Classic Chase take place at Warwick.

Latest Betting for 2015 Lanzarote Hurdle

9/2 Hello George

9/2 Tea For Two

11/2 Warrantor

13/2 Hammersly Lake

8/1 Kilcooley

10/1 Heath Hunter

10/1 Dell' Arca

12/1 Saffron Wells

20/1 Little Boy Boru

20/1 Shotavodka

20/1 Foxcub

25/1 Ballybough Pat

25/1 Sporting Boy

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Lanzarote Hurdle History

The Lanzarote Hurdle is a handicap race run at Kempton Park over two miles, five furlongs for horses aged four years or older.

A race that commemmorates the great Lanzarote, who won the Champion Hurdle in 1974, this contest was always ran over two miles and was a perfect trial for horses who were being primed for the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

During that time, Martin Pipe's Make A Stand under AP McCoy won the 1997 Lanzarote Hurdle before going on to lift the Champion Hurdle crown at Prestbury Park the same year.

Another notable winner of this race was David Nicholson's Tiutchev, who won the 1999 renewal before making his mark over fences and in the Millennium year he bagged Arkle Challenge Trophy glory at Cheltenham to highlight that this contest can produce some first class winners.

However, in 2007 the race was extended significantly by five furlongs and now is often used as a springboard to one of the competitive handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival, like the Coral Cup or County Hurdle.

Nevertheless, it is still a hugely interesting contest and often attracts ultra-competitive fields with the winner still having to be a classy animal to lift the crown.

Recent Winners of Lanzarote Hurdle

  • 2000 - Heart
  • 2001 - No Race
  • 2002 - Majlis
  • 2003 - Non So
  • 2004 - Limerick Boy
  • 2005 - Crossbow Creek
  • 2006 - Rayshan/Buck Whaley
  • 2007 - Verasi
  • 2008 - Nycteos
  • 2009 - No Race
  • 2010 - Micheal Flips
  • 2011 - James De Vassy
  • 2012 - Swincombe Flame
  • 2013 - Oscara Dara