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Byline: John Shaw's racing betting column in association

THE Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle is the big betting race of the day at Kempton. At this time of the year the rain-sodden Sunbury track has little in common with the most easterly of the Canary Islands.

GAMBLING WISDOM On trainer Peter He didn't drink I once owned a timeshare in Lanzarote and it was nothing but trouble, when someone upstairs flushed the toilet my water bed dropped two inches.

under the table, drank me the grandstand.

Jeffrey Bernard The winner of this valuable race invariably heads to Cheltenham and it's worth noting some very decent horses have claimed this prize. The likes of Tea For Two and Saphir Du Rheu, to name two.

Five-year old Ibis Du Rheu is a half-brother to Saphir Du Rheu and so has obvious claims purely on that basis.

Paul Nicholls' yard is beginning to fire after an uncharacteristically slow start to the season, but it seems to me that his charge is at the head of the betting based on reputation rather than form.

The money has come in for Bivouac, a good place to be with all this rain, and it's easy to see why.

Nicky Henderson has won this race twice, his horse has a good record here (a win and a place in his two runs), and he loves the soft conditions.

Chisman me he under The only worries are the now shortened price and the fact he's been saddled with an additional 7lb from his latest success. He's also untried over this longer distance so I'm going to look elsewhere.

(1979) I like the look of YALA ENKI, an easy winner of a novice hurdle at Exeter in soft conditions. The form of the runner-up in that race, Duke Des Champs, has worked out really well. He's now rated 135 after winning at Market Rasen and finishing a close second at Ascot.

Given that six-year-olds have won eight of the last 14 renewals here, Venetia Williams' improving gelding looks worth an each-way punt.

of GAMBLING WISDOM On trainer Peter Chisman He didn't drink me under the table, he drank me under the grandstand.

Jeffrey Bernard (1979) and it's look

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2016
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