Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Class Act Tea Looks Sweet for Williams

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Class Act Tea Looks Sweet for Williams

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Byline: Tanya Channel 4's Betfair lady Stevenson

A HIGH-CLASS field of 13 will go to post for the valuable William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton.

The going is likely to be heavy at the Sunbury venue which will suit Hammersley Lake.

Nicky Henderson's gelding was a good second behind the talented Silsol at Newbury when last seen in November and should go well again today.

The Seven Barrows handler is coming back into form at present but Hammersley Lake may just lack the necessary speed to be competitive over 2m 5f.

Kilcooley carries top-weight but he was second behind class act L'Ami Serge at Newbury in November before cruising to victory next time at Haydock.

Warren Greatrex is enjoying a memorable season and relies on Warrantor in the Lanzarote.

The six-year-old is progressive after facile wins at Chepstow and Market Rasen but has to race off a career high mark.

Dell' Arca did not really make the grade over fences and reverts to hurdling today.

David Pipe's six-year-old has shown some high-class form over timber but is probably better over shorter trips.

Hello George ran a stormer to finish sixth in the Ladbroke last time and has a very inviting weight today.

He is still likely to be on the upgrade but the race may come a little too soon after his Ascot exertions.

Nick Williams has claimed the Lanzarote twice in recent years and saddles current favourite TEA FOR TWO (2.40).

The six-year-old is clearly talented having landed two of his three starts over hurdles and gets on well with Lizzie Kelly.

He has a massive 17lbs in hand over market rival Hammersley Lake and will take all the beating in his current form.

Channel 4 cameras will also be at Warwick this afternoon for the Grade 3 Betfred Classic Chase.

The current favourite is Return Spring who was a decent third behind leading RSA contender Kings Palace at Cheltenham three weeks ago.

However, he is inexperienced after just three runs over fences while favourites have struggled in recent years in the Classic. …

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