Desert Orchid Chase Tips 2020

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When is The Desert Orchid Chase 2020?

The Desert Orchid Chase is one of the two grade 2 races at the Ladbrokes Christmas Festival and takes place on Sunday 27th December and gets underway at 2.30pm.

Named after Desert Orchid who won the King George VI Chase four times between 1986 & 1990.  The race was first run in 2006 when Desert Orchid had died, his ashes was scattered before the day's racing.

The Desert Orchid Chase is run over a distance of about 2 miles and is open to novices aged 4 years and older.

With 4 wins, Nicky Henderson is the leading trainer for this race.  Barry Geraghty is the current leading Jockey with 3 wins.

Desert Orchid Chase Previous Winners

No race in 2010

DateTrackDistanceGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORNC(F)Days
Kempton2mSoft6620/111-01521(0)323d
Kempton2mSoft584/111-01561(0)27d
Kempton2mGood To Soft581/811-61750(0)19d
Kempton2mSoft468/1511-61652(1)18d
Kempton2mGood498/1111-01671(0)44d
Kempton2mGood To Soft598/1111-101732(0)42d
Kempton2mSoft575/111-01531(0)48d
Kempton2mSoft674/111-101690(0)20d
Kempton2mHeavy5611/811-101662(1)19d
Kempton2mGood684/1111-51570(0)262d
Kempton2mGood To Soft865/211-41610(0)268d
Kempton2mGood7816/111-01502(2)21d
Kempton2mGood To Soft762/511-101692(0)19d
Kempton2mGood To Soft554/611-51621(0)25d

 

Keith has poured over the stats from previous Desert Orchid Chase races and has found some interesting trends for you below:

11 Year Trends and Statistics (no race in 2010) 

  • Age – All of the last 11 winners were aged between 6 and 9.
  • Sex – All of the last 11 winners were geldings.
  • Trainer – Most successful in the last 11 years has been Nicky Henderson with 4 wins from 6 runners. Paul Nicholls and Henry De Bromhead have recorded 2 wins each.
  • Country – 5 of the last 11 winners were bred in France, 3 in Ireland, 2 in Great Britain and 1 in Germany.
  • Colour – 6 of the last 11 winners were bay, 2 were bay/brown.
  • Weight Carried – 6 of the last 11 winners carried 11st 4lb or more, 4 carried 11st.
  • Starting Price (SP) – 10 of the last 11 winners returned a SP of 5/1 or less.
  • Starting Price Rank – 7 of the last 11 winners started as favourite and 10 were in the first 4 in the betting.
  • Headgear – None of the last 11 winners wore any headgear.
  • Days Since Last Run – 6 of the last 11 winners had run between 16 and 45 days ago. 
  • Last Run Form – 5 of the last 11 winners had won last time out, 10 of them finished in the first 4 last time.
  • Official Rating – 9 of the last 12 winners had an official rating between 157 and 175.

Desert Orchid Chase Tips

With PUT THE KETTLE ON unable to run due to travel restrictions from Ireland the Desert Orchid Chase looks to be at the mercy of ALTIOR who in a glittering career has won 15 of his 16 chases and never been beaten at this trip.

Keith's Selection

ALTIOR 15:30 Kempton 8/11 – The Desert Orchid Chase looks to be at the mercy of ALTIOR who in a glittering career has won 15 of his 16 chases and never been beaten at this trip. Last years second DUC DES GENIEVRES may have to settle for minor honours again.

How we got on

A very rare off day for ALTIOR who had to be pushed along before rallying and taking second behine 20/1 winner NUBE NEGRA. ALTIOR was dismounted quickly after the race but post race checks were inconclusive, his trainer Nicky Henderson has since reported a dirty scope and they are waiting for lab results.

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Desert Orchid Chase Results

Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)
Distance: 2m (3520 yards) Prize (winner): £45560 Direction: Right Handed
Runners: 6    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 2    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 3 mins 57.90s   Avg OR: 160     Median OR: 161.5

Full Results:

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
51stNube Negra (SPA)611-0TT152Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry20/1
held up, closed going strongly 4th, disputing 2nd from next, challenged still going well 2 out, soon led, clear when jumped right and not fluent last, eased towards finish
12nd3.5Altior (IRE)1011-6172Henderson, N JBoinville, NicoEvens (Fav)
chased leaders, pushed along intermittently from 4th, disputing 2nd after next, driven after 3 out, 3rd and beaten 2 out, went 2nd before last, no impression on winner
43rd4.75Duc Des Genievres (FR)711-0TT160Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry13/2
chased leader from 1st, led 4th, not fluent 4 out mistake 2 out, soon headed, 3rd and held last
34th17Rouge Vif (FR)611-3TT163Whittington, HSheehan, Gavin9/2
led until 1st, chased leaders, not fluent and lost place 5th, no impression from next, mistake 3 out
6FSceau Royal (FR)811-0163King, AJacob, Daryl9/2
held up, hind legs sprawled on landing 3rd, fell 5th
2PUGlobal Citizen (IRE)811-3151Pauling, BenColeman, A20/1
led 1st, not fluent and headed 4th, went left and struggling 6th, soon behind, pulled up before 3 out

Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase (Grade 2)
Distance: 2m (3520 yards) Prize (winner): £56950 Direction: Right Handed
Runners: 5    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 2    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 4 mins 0.10s   Avg OR: 156     Median OR: 156

Full Results:

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
31stBun Doran (IRE)811-0156George, T RBurke, Jonathan4/15.372.40
jumped well, tracked leader, led 3rd, went left next, came clear from 2 out, stayed on strongly BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 9
22nd1.5Duc Des Genievres (FR)611-3TT161Mullins, W PBowen, James C3/14.802.39
tracked leaders on inside, disputing 2nd at 5th, outright 2nd 3 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner BF IP MIN 2.1 BF IP MAX 1000
13rd1.75Sceau Royal (FR)711-6164King, ABellamy, Tom7/2 (Fav)4.862.36
waited with in rear, closer in 4th at 7th, headway between horses approaching 3 out, 3rd and one pace between last 2, mistake last BF IP MIN 1.61 BF IP MAX 1000
54th3.5Capeland (FR)711-0TT153Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry7/42.891.66
tracked leaders on outside, disputing 2nd 5th, pushed along after 4 out, dropped to 3rd 3 out, driven and no extra in 4th between last 2 BF IP MIN 2.64 BF IP MAX 1000
45th28Caid Du Lin (FR)711-0CkPc TT148Newland, Dr R D PTwiston-Davies, Sam14/115.946.19
led until 3rd, chased winner until 5th, outpaced in rear at 7th, weakened soon after, tailed off BF IP MIN 12 BF IP MAX 1000

Ladbrokes Christmas Festival Race Cards

Ladbrokes Christmas Festival – Kempton Racecourse:

 

Saturday 26th December

King George VI Chase Day

TIMERACEDISTANCE 
12:40pmTHE LADBROKES WATCH RACING ONLINE FOR FREE NOVICES' HURDLE RACE2 miles 
1:15pmTHE PLAY LADBROKES 5-A-SIDE ON FOOTBALL NOVICES' LIMITED HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE2 miles 4 furlongs 
1:50pmTHE LADBROKES KAUTO STAR NOVICES’ STEEPLE CHASE3 miles 
2:25pmTHE LADBROKES CHRISTMAS HURDLE RACE (GRADE 1)2 miles 
3:00pmTHE LADBROKES KING GEORGE VI STEEPLE CHASE (GRADE 1)3 miles 
3:35pmTHE GET YOUR LADBROKES DAILY ODDS BOOST HANDICAP HURDLE RACE2 miles 5 furlongs

Sunday 27th December

Desert Orchid Chase Day

TIMERACEDISTANCE 
12:45pmTHE LADBROKES DAILY ODDS BOOSTS INTRODUCTORY JUVENILE HURDLE RACE2 miles 
1:20pmTHE LADBROKES WAYWARD LAD NOVICES’ STEEPLE CHASE (GRADE 2)2 miles 
1:55pmTHE LADBROKES MARES’ HANDICAP HURDLE RACE3 miles 1/2 furlong 
2:30pmTHE LADBROKES DESERT ORCHID STEEPLE CHASE (GRADE 2)2 miles 
3:05pmTHE LADBROKES WATCH RACING ONLINE FOR FREE HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE3 miles 
3:40pmTHE PLAY LADBROKES 5-A-SIDE ON FOOTBALL HANDICAP HURDLE RACE2 miles

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