Desert Orchid Chase

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Desert Orchid Chase
2018
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The Desert Orchid Chase is a Grade 2 National Hunt steeplechase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Kempton Park over a distance of about 2 miles (3,219 metres), and during its running there are twelve fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in late December.

The race was first run on 27 December 2006. It is named in memory of Desert Orchid, a popular racehorse who died several weeks earlier. Desert Orchid won Kempton's most prestigious event, the King George VI Chase, four times between 1986 and 1990. His ashes were scattered at the racecourse on the day of this race's inaugural running. The event has replaced the Castleford Chase in the National Hunt calendar as a Grade 2 chase over 2 miles.

Winners[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
2006 Voy Por Ustedes 5 Robert Thornton Alan King
2007 Voy Por Ustedes 6 Robert Thornton Alan King
2008 Fiepes Shuffle 8 Jamie Moore Christian von der Recke
2009 Petit Robin 6 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2004 no race 2010 [a]
2011 Finian's Rainbow 8 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2012 Sanctuaire 6 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2013 Sire de Grugy 7 Jamie Moore Gary Moore
2014 Special Tiara 7 Barry Geraghty Henry De Bromhead
2015 Sprinter Sacre 9 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2016 Special Tiara 9 Noel Fehily Henry De Bromhead
2017 Politologue 6 Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls
2018 Altior 8 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
  1. ^ The 2010 running was abandoned because of frost

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