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

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

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 144-54 CD

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Won this when it was a conditions race last year before landing his maiden Grade 1 in the Clarence House at Cheltenham the following month; it has been a struggle since but this bold-jumping front-runner has dropped 7lb in the weights and that will help him now this is a handicap.

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1

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Editeur Du Gite

11st 10lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Front-running chaser who was soundly beaten in races won by Elixir De Nutz and Jonbon in November; right back to form at Kempton (good to soft) last month, defying top weight to beat Nube Negra for a second success in the Grade 2 Desert Orchid (now a handicap); that tees him up perfectly for another crack at the Clarence House, whic/h he won gamely here last year; 3-7 at Cheltenham.

6/1

1st

1

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Editeur Du Gite

11st 12lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

disputed lead at fast pace, led clearly 3rd, not fluent 4th, faced challenge before 2 out, soon ridden, good jump last, kept on well run-in, gamely

7/2

5/1

  • Place: £2.70

Form: 12P-34 CD

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

One of the best around at 2m in 2021, when second in Champion Chase and won Grade 2 Shloer Chase at Cheltenham; generally struggled since, although was second to Editeur Du Gite in this last year (won it in 2020) and on better terms now; mark has been slow to come down and others are preferred.

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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

2nd

6

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Nube Negra

11st 8lb

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders, on outer after 4th, outpaced home turn, rallied approaching last, kept on well and went second final stride

5/1

4th

5

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Nube Negra

11st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Dan Skelton

Some way behind Jonbon and Edwardstone last month when bidding for a third success in the Shloer; smart on his day and went close in the 2021 Champion Chase but has not matched that form since; only fourth of five in this race two years ago.

25/1

Form: 92-511 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Rising ten but has posted five career bests in 2023, including when winning at Exeter (Haldon Gold Cup) and Newbury (Master Chewy second) on his last two starts; enthusiastic sort won his only chase start here and appeals as a good fit for the track; quick ground no problem, either.

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2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Elixir De Nutz

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Very useful chaser who has done well in high-quality handicaps (good to soft) this term, winning at Exeter (Haldon Gold Cup) and Newbury then respectable third to Editeur Du Gite at Kempton (Desert Orchid Chase); now worse off with that rival and appears unlikely to reverse the placings but should give his running in current form.

12/1

3rd

5

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Elixir De Nutz

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

disputed lead at fast pace, raced in second 3rd, pressed leader when bad mistake 2 out, no extra run-in, lost second final stride

11/4

1st

1

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 2

15:25 Newbury

Elixir De Nutz

12st 1lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Second of four in the Grade 2 Game Spirit over C&D (good) in February and he returned to form when winning the Haldon Gold Cup Handicap at Exeter (2m1f, good to soft); 5lb higher today and Freddie Gingell's claim has been reduced by 2lb, but he can give another good account.

5/1

Form: -22436 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Win at Gowran Park in March (2m, soft to heavy) in first-time blinkers (largely worn since) was a career-best run which he has not matched since; has form on better ground but looks to face a stiff task here.

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10th

6

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

13:57 Fairyhouse

Grange Walk

10st 12lb

J: Daniel King

T: John Patrick Ryan

Has won four over fences but has only won once since 2021 and he's been struggling this term; yard have stronger claims with Lucid Dreams.

20/1

4th

9

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Grange Walk

10st 9lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: John Patrick Ryan

always behind, detached 2nd, tailed off

25/1

6th

2

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:00 Fairyhouse

Grange Walk

11st 5lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: John Patrick Ryan

Four-time winner over fences, including at Gowran last term; back from hurdling when understandable last of three behind Allaho in Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase last month; others preferred.

16/1

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7/4

Form: 123-11 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

Highlight of a productive novice season last term was success in Grade 2 Wayward Lad over C&D on this card; won a couple of handicaps at Ascot this season, and only 3lb higher now than when he had a subsequent winner in third 32 days ago; mark does not make things easy, but he is respected.

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4

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 1

14:40 Newbury

Boothill

11st 6lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Won Grade 2 Wayward Lad Novices' Chase at Kempton last season and improved form on first two starts this term to win handicaps at Ascot (2m1f, soft/good); just behind the leaders when falling five out in Grade 2 handicap at Kempton last time out and this progressive 9yo is firmly in calculations.

15/8

0

2

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Boothill

11st 11lb

T: Harry Fry

took keen hold, towards rear, in touch with leaders when after 3rd, 3 lengths fourth when fell 5 out

7/4

Form: /3F2-2 D

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 11lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

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1st

1

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Lingfield

First Flow

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

A longer trip may be preferable but he was a good second off this mark at Ascot (2m1f, soft) in November on his reappearance, and filled the same position at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) last time; also effective on good/good to soft; this highly admirable 12yo can give another good account.

6/1

3

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

First Flow

11st 11lb

T: Kim Bailey

2nd

1

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 2

13:05 Chepstow

First Flow

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

prominent, led 3rd, headed after 3 out, kept on final 110yds

9/4

Form: 211-F3 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

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4

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Haddex Des Obeaux

11st 10lb

T: Nicky Henderson

3rd

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Haddex Des Obeaux

11st 10lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Gary Moore

Progressive novice chaser last season, winning twice (good/heavy); still held a fighting chance when final-fence faller in Cheltenham handicap on reappearance and could well rate higher still; faces a stiffer assignment upped in class but brings an attractive profile.

14/1

0

3

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 2

13:15 Cheltenham

Haddex Des Obeaux

11st 8lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

By the same sire as the stable's star 2m chaser Editeur Du Gite; looked seriously progressive when making all in 2m handicaps at Doncaster (good) and Warwick (heavy), with his jumping particularly impressive the last time; whacked up 10lb for that latest success but looks to have Graded-race potential.

11/4

12/1

Form: 401-67 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Smart good-ground 2m handicap chaser on his day, running a career best when beating Elixir De Nutz at Ayr in April; took a few runs to warm up last season and it has been the same this time around, well beaten by Boothill last time; mark has eased and claims if first-time hood has desired effect.

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3rd

2

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

11:50 Doncaster

Malystic

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Peter Niven

Three wins last season, including this race and a Premier handicap at Ayr (2m, good); back on a good mark now but has not fired on any of three appearances this term and needs to get career back on track.

6/1

0

7

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Malystic

10st 13lb

T: Peter Niven

towards rear, mistake 1st, soon pulled up

12/1

Form: 2P5-3P D

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

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9th

4

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

11:50 Doncaster

War Lord

11st 6lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Joe Tizzard

Creditable third from out of the weights in Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter (2m1f, good to soft) on seasonal debut in November but well beaten on both outings last month; needs a boost from the first-time cheekpieces here.

10/1

Form: 88-122 D BF

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

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4th

2

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:15 Lingfield

Master Chewy

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

prominent, badly hampered 1st, soon dropped to last, awkward jump 3rd, no impression after 3 out

3/1

10

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Master Chewy

10st 7lb

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

1st

6

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Kempton

Master Chewy

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Made a bright start over fences, winning a novice handicap at Aintree (2m, good to soft) in October before running into subsequent Grade 2 winner Djelo at the same track next time; ran with credit against fully-fledged chasers at Newbury last time and has earned a tilt at this level.

11/8

Form: 127-52 C

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

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6th

10

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:15 Cheltenham

Frere DArmes

10st 6lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Dan Skelton

towards rear

14/1

0

4

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

14:20 Musselburgh

Frere DArmes

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Campaigned only at shorter distances under rules but finished strongly at Ascot (2m1f, good; close second) most recently and, allied to pedigree, that makes him look ready for a crack at this new trip; second-season chaser who may not have reached his ceiling yet; respected.

9/4

11

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Frere DArmes

10st 1lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

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Payout
Exacta £315.00
Straight Forecast £336.40
Trifecta £979.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Boothill

SPOTLIGHT:

Editeur Du Gite

TOPSPEED:

Elixir De Nutz

POSTDATA:

Boothill

WEST COUNTRY:

Boothill

The Times:

Boothill

The Guardian:

Boothill

Daily Mirror:

Boothill

The Sun:

Boothill

Daily Record:

Boothill

D Express:

Editeur Du Gite

The Star:

Editeur Du Gite

Telegraph:

Elixir De Nutz

Daily Mail:

Elixir De Nutz