After a relatively quiet first Saturday of the New Year, I am hoping we will be busier this week, with Spirit Of Adjisa, J’Adhere, King’s Sunset and Silky Bob all set to travel to Kempton Park on Saturday for Lanzarote Hurdle day.

The feature event, named in honour of the 1974 Champion Hurdle winner Lanzarote, has been won by the likes of Make A Stand (who won off a mark of 136 but went on to win the Champion Hurdle the same year) and Arkle Trophy winner Tiutchev, but the recent increase in the race distance from 2m to 2m5f means this is now a very different race and one that I feel will really play to Spirit Of Adjisa’s (pictured left) strengths.

He has come on for his reappearance run at Aintree last month and the forecast better ground is sure to be a big help, so I am very hopeful he can run a big race.

J’Adhere was a good winner at Taunton last time under conditional jockey Rob Kirk and he will bid to follow up dropped back in trip to 2m in the concluding handicap hurdle, while Silky Bob and King’s Sunset are both pencilled in for the 2m5f novice hurdle.