There’s a good card at Kempton where the main betting race of the weekend is the Listed Lanzarote Hurdle, named in honour of the 1974 Champion Hurdle winner.
Carrigill’s started the year with another winner last weekend when Elixir De Nutz won the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown for Colin Tizzard, and they are siding with another second favourite this week in DARLING MALTAIX.
He’s been frustrating to follow over hurdles but finally got off the mark when stepped up in trip at Ascot last time out.
He has a tendency to pull too hard, but if Lorcan Williams can give him another well-timed ride he’s well capable of defying a 12lb rise.
Harry Derham, assistant to trainer Paul Nicholls, said: “Darling Maltaix is in A1 shape.
“He’s been trained for the race since Ascot.It will be different conditions on Saturday – it was a stiffer track and softer ground at Ascot - but we’re hopeful.”
But he will have to overcome KLOUD GATE for the Gary Moore team who is on for a hat trick in the Lanzarote.
Although he’s already risen 19lb in the handicap for a couple if easy wins this term, Jamie Moore’s mount still looks well treated on his Flat form and Carrigill’s have shortened him from 6s to Burlington Bertie (100/30) after seeing strong early support.
Two bigger priced outsiders worth a look are MR ANTOLINI, who has a big handicap run in him off a mark of 140, and NEW QUAY.
Dan Skelton has spoken highly of this horse in the past, and it’s worth noting that DARLING MALTAIX finished behind him when he won at Ascot and the 12/1 on offer begs an each way wager.
The Listed chase at 2.05 has attracted some really nice types including Yorkshire raider WAITING PATIENTLY, whose much anticipated return to action in the King George did not go to plan when badly hampered by Bristol de Mai’s fall a circuit from home.
Ruth Jefferson’s charge won his first six starts over fences and easily won this race 12 months ago, but may need more juice in the ground and the in form CHARBEL could ensure the wait goes on for Patiently followers.
Jefferson said: “We’ve put him in the listed race on Saturday, but it all depends on the ground. There is a bit of rain forecast, but a bit of rain might not be enough. He’s fit and ready to go and we have had no issues since the King George.”
Kim Bailey’s CHARBEL has been in the form of his life, having beaten the talented duo of Baron Alco and God’s Own before delivering a career best performance in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon last month and may be the way to go.
Old stager VALDEZ can turn back the clock for Alan King on the Kempton card.
He was off the course for three and a half years after falling at Chepstow back in 2014 but ran an encouraging fourth at Ascot just before Christmas when he looked to relish the step up to this 2m4f trip.
On the flat COMPASS SCOOBIE can register a third win in his last four starts in the 6f handicap at Lingfield tomorrow (Saturday).
Now with Stuart Williams who bought him out of Roger Varian’s yard last year, he goes well fresh and should cope with his 3lb higher mark.