Dickin cool on Lanzarote bid

Thomas Crapper is likely to bypass the William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton on Saturday and wait for a race at Ascot a week later.

Trainer Robin Dickin believes drier conditions might be on the way, which is swaying him towards a limited handicap hurdle at the Berkshire track.

"I might wait and run him a week later at Ascot. It would depend on the weather," he said.

"The forecast isn't encouraging - he doesn't like the ground too soft.

"He is in good form and if anywhere got dry Kempton does, but I'm more inclined to wait for Ascot.

Although we are going to have a bit of rain before Kempton I think the weather might get a bit better."

Thomas Crapper made a fine start to the campaign, winning handicap hurdles at Cheltenham's October and November meetings before finishing eighth to Sunnyhillboy there last month.

Dickin is edging towards possibly running Garrahalish in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle, though he does have other options for his Towcester Boxing Day winner.

"He might well go to Warwick, depending on how the numbers go around declaration time on Friday morning," said the Alcester handler.

"If it's single figures he will definitely be there. If it's double figures I might wait and go to Ascot with him, or I might even wait a bit longer and go to Cheltenham (at the end of the month). You've got to keep the options open and you have to be in it to win it."