Nicky Henderson: saddles two runners in the Lanzarote HurdlePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Affair heads Lanzarote as market rivals bypass race
BEAR'S AFFAIR tops the weights for the William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle as three of his leading market rivals were not among the final 18 declared for the contest on Friday morning.
Trained by Nicky Henderson, who also saddles Oscara Dara on Saturday, Bear's Affair will be partnered by conditional rider Jerry McGrath, whose 5lb claim offsets the rise in the weights the seven-year-old faces after the withdrawal of Brampour.
However, Dursey Sound, Un Bon P'Tit Gars and Bourne - third, fourth and fifth in the ante-post betting for the race - will not run at Kempton.
Dursey Sound heads instead to Warwick, where he contests the Grade 2 Leamington Novices' Hurdle alongside six others.
They include Hold Court and The New One, who is a general 14-1 chance for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, but not At Fishers Cross.