Burrows Edge lifts Lanzarote prize as Debestyman crashes out at the last

Sat 11 Jan 2020

Watch how an eventful renewal of the Lanzarote Hurdle unfolded plus Nicky Henderson's interview with Nick Luck which includes his thoughts on the Altior situation.

Burrows Edge ran out a fortunate winner of the Unibet Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton.

The Nicky Henderson-trained runner looked booked for third at best approaching the final flight as Debestyman seemed sure to give Suzy Smith a valuable winner, only to make a bad blunder and get rid of Micheal Nolan.

That left Olly Murphy’s favourite Notre Pari in the lead, but as soon as his supporters thought they were going to collect, he also fell at the same flight.

All the while Burrows Edge was plugging on up the rail, having been sent wide for most of the two miles and five furlongs by Nico de Boinville, and he came clear to win by nine lengths from Vive Le Roi.

Burrows Edge was returning to hurdles after falling on his chasing bow at Ludlow last month and Henderson, who was winning the race for a fourth time, is likely to stick to the smaller obstacles with his charge.

He said: "That looked as if he is was well stuck in the mud at three out.

"He had a fall and you could still see he had Ludlow on his mind and he is a bit like that. I won't say he isn't brave, but he has a mind that takes plenty of clearing.

"It's a race that has been quite lucky for us. Sophie (wife) said this morning two years ago I wasn't here as I went off to get married and William Henry won it. I went to Scotland then, but today I'm here and we still won it.

"He is talented, but he is a horse that has got his quirks - there is no doubt about that.

"He is a horse that ought to be jumping fences and he was running a good race at Ludlow until he fell.

"I can see that happening (staying over hurdles). I can't see any point in going to Bangor-on-Dee to win a Ł3,000 novice chase. We want try to get his confidence back and have a crack at another one of these.

"He has finished that enjoying himself, which is always a good thing. That is not his ground and he will be miles better on better ground.

"We will look at Coral Cups and things like that."


Goa Lil moved a step closer to being part of Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Cheltenham Festival team with a front-running success in the Read Nicky Henderson’s Unibet Blog Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton.

The Simon Munir and Isaac Soude-owned four-year-old built on his fourth at the track last time out to gain his first win in Britain when holding Lord Lamington at bay by two lengths.

Anthony Bromley, racing manager to the owners, said: “He raced too freely in his first run at Sandown. Daryl (Jacob) said put ear plugs and a hood on him.

“Daryl was out over Christmas, but Sam gave him a lovely ride the last day and he learnt a lot on his second run.

“When no one wanted to make the running today, he was more tractable and though he took a hold, he was able to go from the front. He jumps nicely and we always hoped he might progress.

“I don’t think he is a Triumph Hurdle type, but he might be a Festival horse for the Fred Winter. We might bring him back here for the Adonis as he has had two runs here now.”

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