Won by One For Arthur in 2017, Warwick’s Agetur UK Ltd Classic Handicap Chase is unlikely to feature the 2022 Aintree Grand National winner. But with a competitive field of 15 runners, the 3m 5f stamina test is one of the highlights on a busy Saturday. We will provide Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for the Grade 3 contest along with two races from Kempton Park.
Named in honour of the 1974 Champion Hurdle winner, Kempton’s Coral Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle has attracted a maximum field of 20 runners. We will supply a Horse Racing tip for this Listed race run over 2m 5f together with the following 3m handicap chase at 3.15pm.
“Tip of the Day” – Caribean Boy – 3.15pm Kempton
The Nicky Henderson-trained grey should appreciate this easier challenge and off his lowest mark for 12 months, is fancied to open his account for the season.
Gelino Bello (Longshot) – 2.40pm Kempton
Eight of the 20 runners for this famous handicap hurdle go into the race with a recent win under their belts, including major fancies Marie’s Rock, Green Book, Earth Lord and On My Command. While all four boast strong claims, it is a contender who was beaten on his last two starts who makes most appeal, the gelding’s first run in a handicap.
The horse in question, Gelino Bello, could hardly be faulted for finishing runner-up to Blazing Khal in those 2m 5f and 3m contests with Charles Byrnes’ charge now as short as 7/2 for the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
An impressive scorer on his debut over hurdles at Aintree in October, the Paul Nicholls-trained son of Saint Des Saints would have been a comfortable winner in both of those Grade 2 races but for the talented Irish raider.
An opening handicap mark of 138 for Harry Cobden’s mount may prove to be on the lenient side for a horse who may prove not far short of top class before the end of the season. Of those at a double-figure price, Cobblers Dream could make the frame, especially with some bookmakers going six, or even seven places.
Corach Rambler (Next Best) – 3.00pm Warwick
The Lucinda Russell stable won this race with One For Arthur in 2017 before that horse went on to Grand National glory at Aintree. Corach Rambler may have a long way to go to emulate that popular staying chaser. But on just his fourth start over fences, the son of Jeremy has shown enough to suggest a major staying chase could be within his grasp at some point in the future.
The eight-year-old won two of his three starts over hurdles, prior to beginning his chasing career at Perth last September. At 14/1, the mount of Derek Fox was unfancied on his debut over fences but in finishing third behind the more experienced Minella Trump, ran a race full of promise.
Corach Rambler put that experience to good use with comfortable victories at Aintree and Cheltenham on his two subsequent outings. The unexposed contender will need to defy both top weight and a new mark of 142 if he is to complete the hat-trick. But in a renewal that is perhaps not as strong as previous years, the northern raider is expected to continue his winning run.
The Venetia Williams-trained Achille, runner-up in this race 12 months ago, has gone on to record excellent efforts in Aintree’s Becher Chase and Welsh Grand National and looks sure to go well again, along with the promising Gericault Roque and, towards the bottom of the weights, Captain Tommy.
Caribean Boy (NAP) – 3.15pm Kempton
Since winning a Grade 2 novices’ chase at Newbury almost 14 months ago, the Nicky Henderson-trained Caribean Boy has hardly been allowed to rest on his laurels, competing in races such as the Paddy Power Plate at the Cheltenham Festival, Aintree’s Topham Chase and on his first start of the current campaign, Cheltenham’s Paddy Power Gold Cup.
The eight-year-old grey was far from disgraced in those fiercely competitive events, before getting no further than the first fence when falling at Ascot last month. After achieving a rating of 154 at this time last year, the mount of James bowen now runs off a mark some 9lb lower and is fancied to open his account for the season.
The consistent Kitty’s Light can prove the main danger, as the mount of Jack Tudor has been dropped to the same mark as when just losing out in a valuable handicap at Chepstow last October.
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