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Noel Fehily reckons Charbel could be the one at Kempton

| 11.01.2019

It has been a quiet week and could be a quiet month with no rain about. There are plenty of small fields, including on Saturday when I will be at Kempton.

I have three rides and a good one to start with in Charbel (2.05) who I rode in the Peterborough Chase last time at Huntingdon where he was very good.

If he could put up a similar performance I would like to think he will go very close.

Top Notch is obviously a very good performer on his day. But Charbel travelled and jumped very well in front last time and if he can do that again he would be hard to beat.

I ride Doux Pretender (2.40) in the Lanzarote Hurdle. He was beaten over three miles at Cheltenham last time where it got very soft.

He was a bit too free early and pulled very hard. Tackling that trip for the first time on the wrong ground was probably a step too far for him.

He is back in trip now and on better ground. His run before at Ascot when he won was good and I would like to think he can give a good account of himself.

It is a competitive handicap hurdle but on his Ascot run you could give him a very good chance.

I think there is a good race in Barney Dwan (3.15). I am surprised he hasn’t won a better race.

His last run was probably a bit disappointing but he was running well at Kempton one day as a novice and fell.

The track will suit him as will the ground. Hopefully he will run a big race. He has sheepskins on so I would be optimistic.

Charbel would be my best chance of the trio.




Noel Fehily

Noel Fehily is one of the finest jump jockeys in the business. Winner of the famed King George VI and a two-time victor of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Noel will be bringing you his thoughts in the run-up to the Cheltenham Festival exclusively on Ladbrokes.