Picks From The Paddock Best Bet – Friday 18th January

Chef Des Obeaux (Noel Fehily) wins the 3m novices hurdle Kempton 13.1.18 Pic: Edward Whitaker

19:45 Kempton

Derek Shaw looks to have a fantastic chance of landing the lucky last with his 6yo Le Manège Enchante. The horse hasn’t won since 2017, but was denied a run at a vital stage on his seasonal bow and then followed up with a very good second at Chelmsford last time out. Reproduction of that form would be good enough to land this race and he looks poised to pounce here tonight so gets the nod to land the spoils under the guidance of jockey Raul da Silva. Foreign Legion is penalised for his win last time out and should give the selection the most to do under a penalty.



14:45 Chepstow

Nicky Henderson’s classy hurdler, Chef Des Obeaux, looks the answer to this tricky looking novice chase. The 7yo landed a hat trick of hurdles races last term before coming unstuck at both the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals. The horse was always likely to be a better chaser in the making and after a nice third place on his chasing bow in December, he looks poised to strike in this one this afternoon. The powerful connections will undoubtedly be aiming for bigger and better things with their talented horse and this could merely be a platform to launch his campaign. The Phillip Hobbs trained Steely Addition would rate the biggest danger to the selection and would be the most likely should the selection fail to fire after he scored with a bit in hand last time.




13.05 Royal Tara (WIN)

13.35 Dickie Diver (WIN)

14.10 Foxworthy (WIN)

14.40 Chef Des Obeaux (WIN) *NB

15.20 Evidence De Thaix (WIN)

15.50 Bonds Conquest (E/W)


Lingfield (AW)

12.55 Thechildren’strust (WIN)

13.25 Highway One (WIN)

14.00 Delagate the Lady (E/W)

14.30 Shamshon (E/W)

15.05 Shackled N Drawn (E/W)

15.40 Allocator (WIN)


Dundalk (AW)

17.00 Bright Eyed (WIN)

17.30 Phebes Dream (WIN)

18.00 Stronghold (E/W)

18.30 Gougane Barra (WIN)

19.00 Beau Satchel (E/W)

19.30 Reckless Lad (WIN)

20.00 Empire Line (WIN)

20.30 Hee Haw (E/W)


Kempton (AW)

16.10 Dandilion (E/W)

16.45 Rock Bottom (WIN)

17.15 Estibdaad (E/W)

17.45 Crown of Flowers (WIN)

18.15 Kentucky Kingdom (WIN)

18.45 Given Choice (WIN)

19.15 Tangramm (E/W)

19.45 Le Manège Enchante (WIN) – NAP


Picks From The Paddock Best Bet – Friday 18th January
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