williamhill.com Desert Orchid Chase (Grade 2) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner £45,560 2nd £17,096 3rd £8,560 4th £4,264 5th £2,144 6th £1,072
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 8.30s
  • Off time: 14:30:13

Full Result

14:30 Kempton Park
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Sire De Grugy (FR) G L Moore 7 11-10 J E Moore 4/1
SP 4/1 Tracked leaders in 4th, went 2nd after 5th, led 4 out, clear when went left 3 out, went left last, stayed on well, ridden out opened 7/2
2nd 4 4 Oiseau de Nuit (FR) C L Tizzard 11 11-6 t Brendan Powell 33/1
SP 33/1 Tracked leading pair until 5th, left in modest 3rd after 7th, pushed along and stayed on to 2nd before 3 out, plugged on but no chance with winner
3rd 26 5 Astracad (FR) N A Twiston-Davies 7 11-0 vt S Twiston-Davies 50/1
SP 50/1 Not fluent, held up in rear, mistake 2nd, not fluent next, left in modest 4th after 7th, no chance when blundered 3 out, went poor 3rd 2 out, tailed off
4th 10 6 Tataniano (FR) R Rowe 9 11-0 A Thornton 66/1
SP 66/1 Tracked clear leader until 5th, soon in rear, went poor 4th in closing stages, tailed off
5th 3 Fago (FR) P F Nicholls 5 11-6 D A Jacob 14/1
SP 14/1 Tended to jump left, led and raced keenly, clear 2nd, headed 4 out, no impression when lost 2nd before 3 out, lost 3rd next, weakened and eased, tailed off opened 16/1
PU 2 Sprinter Sacre (FR) N J Henderson 7 11-10 B J Geraghty 2/9f
SP 2/9f Held up in last pair, good jump to 2nd at the 5th, soon settled in 3rd, pulled up quickly after 7th £1111-£5000

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £3.20 Tote Place £1.40 £5.10 Straight Forecast £60.87 Exacta £31.50 Trifecta £227.70 Swingers 1&2 £3.30, 2&3 £18.20, 1&3 £7.70

Analysis

Sprinter Sacre was obviously the key horse in this race and SIRE DE GRUGY was left with little to beat once Barry Geraghty had pulled the favourite up. The Champion Chaser was found to have had an irregular heartbeat and will be checked over by vets. Jamie Moore was quick to take the race by the scruff of the neck once he realised that the favourite had been pulled up; moving up onto the shoulders of the free-wheeling Fago and opening a commanding advantage over the chasing Oiseau de Nuit. Sire De Grugy jumped down a couple of the fences in the straight but had enough in hand to still win impressively. He is now due to head to Ascot at the end of next month but his plans beyond that are far from set in stone with his connections concerned that he doesn't reproduce his best form at Cheltenham; their resolve could be tested if Sprinter Sacre fails to prove his wellbeing before March. Oiseau de Nuit tried hard to close the gap on Sire De Grugy but was never getting there; he looks to be gradually finding his form but is still 4lbs above his highest winning mark. Astracad and Tataniano were always likely to struggle but Fago could have been expected to have fared a little better following his victory at Haydock. He raced keenly that day too but did far too much early here and could be worth trying in a hood - which has become ubiquitous on the Flat - in an attempt to get him to settle.