Fourteen go to Lanzarote
A field of fourteen has been declared for Saturday's 32Red Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton Park.
Paul Nicholls saddles the top-weight at Kempton and Warwick
Old Guard heads the weights having won both the Greatwood Hurdle and the International Hurdle at Cheltenham last season and while he kicked off the current campaign over fences, he soon reverted the smaller obstacles.
He was a distant third when defending his International Hurdle crown at Prestbury Park last month and must concede weight all round on his first start in a handicap in well over a year.
Trainer Paul Nicholls also saddles Modus as he bids for a third success in this prestigious event following the previous victories of Nycteos (2008) and Saphir Du Rheu (2014).
Ante-post favourite Doesyourdogbite puts his unbeaten record over jumps on the line for Jonjo O'Neill and Aidan Coleman.
The five-year-old won twice on the Flat for trainer Andrew Hollinshead and has completed a hat-trick since joining O'Neill with wins at Market Rasen, Hereford and over this course and distance.
Jaleo made a successful start for Ben Pauling at Lingfield last month and is joined in the field by stable companion Local Show.
Other contenders include the Venetia Williams-trained Bennys King and Lord Of The Island from Fergal O'Brien's stable.
Nicky Henderson is not represented after deciding against declaring Protek Des Flos and Argante.
Vivaldi Collonges heads a maximum field of 20 in Saturday's Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick.
Nicholls has not declared Virak, though, with others taken out at the declaration stage including Bishops Road, Regal Encore and Gordon Elliott's Bless The Wings.
Venetia Williams runs Houblon Des Obeaux, Emperor's Choice and 2013 winner Rigadin De Beauchene.
Alan King has a couple of chances with Sego Success and Midnight Prayer while another trainer with several runners is Kerry Lee in Mountainous, Goodtoknow and last year's winner Russe Blanc.
Doctor Harper, just touched off at Cheltenham on New Year's Day, Milansbar and Viva Steve will all have plenty of supporters.
Others to take their chance include 2014 winner Shotgun Paddy, Kaki De La Pree and One For Arthur.
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