Sanctuaire to bloom in Orchid

  • By: Anita Chambers
  • Last Updated: December 27 2012, 13:58 GMT

Anita Chambers thinks Sanctuaire will land the williamhill.com Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on Thursday.

Sanctuaire: Can score at Kempton

THURSDAY SELECTIONS:

KEMPTON: 12.25 Irish Saint, 12.55 Simonsig, 1.30 One Lucky Lady, 2.05 Ghizao, 2.40 Sanctuaire, 3.15 Brackloon High, 3.45 Albert Hall.

LEOPARDSTOWN: 12.20 Call Me Bubbles, 12.50 Dancers Dilemma, 1.25 Sizing Europe, 2.00 Jezki, 2.35 Il Fenomeno, 3.10 Prince Of Pirates, 3.40 Very Vite.

LIMERICK: 12.35 Maya Quest, 1.05 Dushybeag, 1.40 Sherika, 2.15 War Of Words, 2.50 Far Away So Close, 3.20 Castleview Mills, 3.55 Papal Tiara.

LINGFIELD: 11.45 Saga Lout, 12.15 Beauty Pageant, 12.45 Quality Mark, 1.15 Lindoro, 1.50 Gallantry, 2.25 Red Somerset, 3.00 Summer Sun, 3.35 Daffydowndilly.

WETHERBY: 12.40 Buthelezi, 1.10 Lucematic, 1.45 Vizir D'Estruval, 2.20 Drumshambo, 2.55 United Park, 3.25 Seymour Eric.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.00 Miss Bunter, 4.30 Lady Malet, 5.00 Lord Buffhead, 5.30 Silver Wind, 6.00 Michael's Nook, 6.30 Bix, 7.00 Spifer, 7.30 Dream Risk.

DOUBLE: Sanctuaire and Ghizao.

Sanctuaire found Sprinter Sacre far too good at Sandown last time but compensation awaits in the williamhill.com Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton.

The six-year-old proved a revelation when switched to fences late last term, putting some moody hurdles performances well behind him with three wins on the bounce.

His final success came in a Grade Two event at Sandown on the last day of the season and trainer Paul Nicholls must have hoped he could develop into a Champion Chase contender.

However, he was firmly put in his place by Sprinter Sacre in the Tingle Creek Chase as what had been billed as a head-to-head descended into a one-horse show.

To give jockey Ruby Walsh his due, he went out with the aim of victory aboard Sanctuaire, making the most of his mount's free-running style and briefly looking to have Sprinter Sacre in a spot of bother.

Those early efforts soon told though and Sanctuaire was running on fumes over the final two fences, eventually being pipped for second by the fast-finishing Kumbeshwar.

While no match for Nicky Henderson's two-mile star, Sanctuaire is still pretty good in his own right and this Grade Two event is clearly an easier task on paper.

Due to weather interruptions, another two-mile Grade Two features on the card in the shape of the William Hill Levy Board Peterborough Chase and Ghizao can make it a double for the Nicholls team after a fine effort at Ascot.

He was vastly inconvenienced by the weights when beaten by Captain Chris in Berkshire, having to give 6lb to a horse who is actually rated 12lb better by the handicapper.

Ghizao was hardly disgraced in third that day and victory here would be deserved.

Brackloon High is one for the William Hill - No.1 Downloaded Betting App Handicap Chase.

Noel Chance's seven-year-old is a talented sort with a solid profile when he gets round, but has not had much luck in his career to date and missed virtually the whole of 2011.

A faller at Ascot in November, he ran a cracker at Sandown earlier this month when just failing to reel in State Benefit.

The test of stamina in the ground will play to his strengths off just a 2lb higher mark and there might just be a bit of improvement left in him.

Wetherby's Castleford Handicap Chase may not be the race it once was but another thrilling heat is in prospect this year.

Preference is for the upwardly mobile Drumshambo, who has what it takes to defy a 7lb penalty on the evidence of his last two victories at Hereford and Ludlow.

Daffydowndilly should not be missed in the 32Red.com Handicap at Lingfield.

Hughie Morrison's four-year-old filly is due to head off to the paddocks for broodmare duty soon but showed at Kempton that there are still races to be won with her.

Stepping up in trip to 10 furlongs suited down to the ground and the daughter of Oasis Dream showed a really likeable attitude in finding more to see off Fairyinthewind by a neck.

The runner-up put down a determined challenge and the form looks solid as that one has won since.

Silver Wind merits an interest at Wolverhampton in division two of the 32Red Supporting British Racing Handicap.

The Alan McCabe-trained seven-year-old actually ran quite an eyecatching race over course and distance when last seen, doing all his best work late having been towards the rear through the early stages.

Dropped a pound for that, he has not been over-raced this year and appears to have a race like this in him.


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