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14:30 Kempton

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Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £56950
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 7 runners
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Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £29.00
  • Place: £7.50

Form: 114P-3 D

Last run: 66 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 153

Form & Verdict

Classy handicapper who scored twice at Cheltenham last autumn under Niall Houlihan; excuses on last two runs, but a bit off the best of these in any case and was well beaten on his only run at Kempton.

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Verdict Starting price

1

6th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:15 Kempton

Editeur Du Gite

12st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary & Josh Moore

Grade 1-winning chaser; inconsistency has crept into his game but he still won a Grade 2 handicap over 2m here at Christmas (off 1lb lower) and they've been Grade 1s in which he's struggled since (latterly tried in cheekpieces in Jonbon's Sandown race); if he can find some rhythm in front (competition for the lead seems assured) then his class could count; versatile ground-wise.

100/30

2

27th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Editeur Du Gite

11st 10lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Front-runner who won the Grade 1 Clarence House at Cheltenham (2m, soft) last January and was back on the scoresheet in Grade 2 Desert Orchid at Kempton (2m, good to soft) in December; however, he's been inconsistent this year and faces a tough task even if at his best; cheekpieces go on.

28/1

3/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 3143-1 CD

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 165

Form & Verdict

Won this race handsomely in 2020 and shaped like the best horse in the Champion Chase ten weeks later; in-and-out profile since, although being fresh and running on good ground (potentially has neither here) tends to get the best out of him, as when winning weak Grade 2 at Cheltenham 44 days ago.

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5th

7

27th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Nube Negra

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Three-time Grade 2 winner who has run pretty well in defeat in Grade 2 and Grade 1 races the last twice; however, he would be a surprise winner today; wears first-time cheekpieces.

50/1

5

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Nube Negra

11st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Dan Skelton

Soft/heavy going wasn't ideal in his two runs against Jonbon this season, including when attempting a third success in the Shloer; back in better form at Kempton (good to soft) most recently, beating all bar Editeur Du Gite in the Desert Orchid for the second year running; an even drier surface would heighten interest, as he's 4-5 on good ground over fences.

16/1

Form: 817-22 C

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Enhanced his good record fresh when chasing home stablemate Greaneteen in Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter 53 days ago (2m1f, good); plenty on at the weights here and likely to be of more interest back in handicaps.

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2

1st May 2023

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:50 Kempton

Dolos

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened quickly, pulled up 2 out

4/1

5th

1

2nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 167y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Dolos

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Pulled up about two months ago at Sandown, the venue for three of his last four wins; it's hard to be confident on this first run since but he fared respectably on his two other starts this season and has edged down to a handy mark; versatile ground-wise and not ruled out if bouncing back.

7/1

1

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 2

13:45 Sandown

Dolos

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

10yo with a remarkable record in this race, winning it for the third time 12 months ago and narrowly beaten on two other occasions; 3lb higher than last year but he's well treated on old form and a third in the Desert Orchid at Kempton last time suggests he arrives here in good form; high on the list.

11/4

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Form: 112P-6 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 161

Form & Verdict

Progressive last season, winning the Grade 2 Game Spirit at Newbury (2m, good to soft) before chasing home Energumene in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham; well behind Edwardstone in the Tingle Creek on reappearance, but jumped three out in contention and presumably lacked for fitness; good chance he can build on that but faces an uphill task to reverse the form.

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3rd

6

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Funambule Sivola

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Outsider in this contest for the last two years, flattered when second in 2022 (race fell apart) and early faller in 2023; following Boothill's late fall, he inherited a remote second behind Edwardstone at Newbury last month when bidding for a third Game Spirit success; has the worst chance judged on this season's form.

100/1

2nd

3

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 1

14:40 Newbury

Funambule Sivola

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Has failed to threaten in handicaps on his four runs this season but was also below his best last term prior to a major revival when winning this race for the second consecutive year; four visits to Newbury have yielded three C&D wins (including on soft) and no surprise if he's bang there.

10/1

6th

1

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

11:50 Doncaster

Funambule Sivola

12st 0lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Landed this prize in 2022 and also has two subsequent Grade 2 chase wins on his CV; on the downgrade now but last month's Cheltenham third (2m, soft) was very respectable and today's faster ground will suit.

9/2

Form: 10-129 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Smart 2m chaser for Jessica Harrington, back to best when winning Grade 2 at Navan in February (soft); well below that level in three hurdles runs for David Pipe and up against it in this company even at his best.

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7th

8

24th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

18:10 Uttoxeter

Sizing Pottsie

11st 2lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

led, not fluent and briefly headed 2nd, not fluent and headed 7th, lost position 3 out

10/1

3rd

3

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

16:00 Ffos Las

Sizing Pottsie

11st 10lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

Smart chaser in his prime; on the downgrade now and has rather mixed record over hurdles this season but lurks on a very tempting mark and ought to handle today's ground well; will be very dangerous if perked up by first-time blinkers.

7/1

7th

4

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:50 Newbury

Sizing Pottsie

11st 12lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

2022 Grade 2 chase winner when trained by Jessica Harrington; close second of five under Gearoid Harney at Uttoxeter (2m, heavy) in November when returning from wind surgery, but that's been followed by three lesser efforts; rarely seen over this far.

33/1

Form: 1112-1 CD

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 170

Form & Verdict

Five-timer around 2m last season included the Wayward Lad on this card and Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival; put up a clear career best to land the Grade 1 Tingle Creek at Sandown (1m7f, good to soft) 24 days ago, scooting clear from the last; a repeat of that form would make him hard to beat.

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3rd

3

27th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Edwardstone

11st 10lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Runner-up to Jonbon on first two starts this season and bolted up in Grade 2 Game Spirit at Newbury in February; running well in second when falling two out in Champion Chase last month; needs El Fabiolo and Jonbon to underperform but a good case can be made for him being best of the rest; won Grade 1 Tingle Creek over C&D (good to soft) in 2022; versatile ground-wise.

9/1

3

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Edwardstone

11st 10lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Has won on good ground, raced mostly on softer; brings a couple of negative points, having disappointed in this race 12 months ago and been beaten twice by Jonbon this term; however, he's high class on his day, having won the Arkle (over C&D) and Tingle Creek in 2022, and relished the belated switch to front-running in the Game Spirit at Newbury (Grade 2; unchallenged) last month when jumping well and remaining clear from a long way out; relatively unexposed under such tactics and may prove hard to peg back granted a similar ride.

6/1

1st

2

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 1

14:40 Newbury

Edwardstone

11st 8lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Failed to settle and soundly beaten when back up to 2m4f in Kempton Grade 2 last month; this two-time Grade 1 winner was previously a good second to Jonbon in the Grade 1 Tingle Creek at Sandown (1m7f, heavy) and holds leading claims if producing a performance of that ilk.

13/8

Form: 4P2-F4 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Won the Grade 2 Silviniaco Conti here in January (2m4f, soft) but this sketchy jumper has generally struggled since; travelled with purpose in the Grade 2 Peterborough Chase 23 days ago (2m4f, good), but folded under pressure and has plenty of questions to answer at present.

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2

18th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton

Mister Fisher

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Has struggled on his three starts this season and was pulled up here last time; however, perhaps the subsequent wind op will have done the trick and this three-time course winner is very well handicapped on last season's best form, including a C&D Grade 2 win last January; not ruled out.

8/1

3

27th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Mister Fisher

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

raced in second, lost second when not fluent 6th, not fluent 7th, weakened 8th

33/1

4th

3

4th Dec 2022

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 1

14:55 Huntingdon

Mister Fisher

11st 10lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

prominent

13/2

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Payout
Exacta £1251.00
Straight Forecast £1234.50
Trifecta £9367.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Edwardstone

LAMBOURN:

Mister Fisher

WEST COUNTRY:

Dolos

RP Ratings:

Edwardstone

TOPSPEED:

Edwardstone

POSTDATA:

Edwardstone

The Times:

Edwardstone

Telegraph:

Edwardstone

The Guardian:

Edwardstone

Daily Mail:

Edwardstone

D Express:

Edwardstone

Daily Mirror:

Edwardstone

The Sun:

Edwardstone

The Star:

Edwardstone

Daily Record:

Edwardstone