It’s that time in the week when I start to look ahead to the weekend action. There’s plenty of it on Saturday. Warwick’ seven race card features three Graded races the Grade 3 Classic Handicap Chase (3:00), the Grade 2 Hampton Novices' Chase (1:50) and the Grade 2 Ballymore Leamington Novices Hurdle (2:25)
Meanwhile at Kempton's its Lanzarote Hurdle Day. The Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle (2:40) has new sponsors in the shape of Coral. This means the race is now worth £56,950 to the winner. Coral also sponsor the Grade 2 Silviniaco Conti Chase (2:05). Although I suspect they will be a shade disappointed that the latter race has only attracted a field of seven. Especially as the new sponsors have increased the prize money to £80,000.
The ITV cameras are covering five races from Warwick and four from Kempton as part of a nine-race programme.
Inside today’s main piece I assess some of the contenders for the Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton and Warwick Classic Chase. Plus, there is a selection from today’s card at Leicester.
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