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14:30 Kempton Park

Unibet Desert Orchid Chase (Grade 2) (Class 1)

  • 4 Runners
  • Distance: 2m
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
  • £90,000 added
  • Winner: £51,255
  • 2nd: £19,233
  • 3rd: £9,630
  • 4th: £4,797
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 7.00s
  • Off Time: 14:30:56
  • 4 Ran
1st
Silk -
1
Silk - YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star
8/15
  • Form 214F-11
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 165

tracked leader, left in lead 8th, clear before 3 out, pushed along and well in command when not fluent last, stayed on strongly

2
Silk - Royal Blue, White stars, Red and White striped sleeves, White cap, Royal Blue stars

Special Tiara

38 DCD
3/1
  • Form 31512-3
  • Age 10
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 163

sometimes jumped slightly left, led and set decent pace, clear 7th, travelling well when fell 8th

3
Silk - Orange, dark blue star, orange sleeves, dark blue stars, dark blue cap

Vaniteux (FR)

13 p CDCD
25/1
  • Form 14-7574
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 152

tracked leading trio, left in 3rd place and slightly hampered 8th, pushed along and no impression before 3 out, went modest 2nd 2 out, no chance with winner

4
Silk - Light Green, Dark Green chevrons, Red sleeves, White and Red striped cap
  • Form 1152-1P
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 157

tracked leading pair, left 2nd and slightly hampered 8th, pushed along and no impression before 3 out, awkward and lost modest 2nd 2 out, weakened

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

SPECIAL TIARA has won two of the last three renewals and will no doubt have been trained with the race in mind again. He’s rated 2lb higher than likely market rival Politologue and can complete the hat-trick as the Nicholls’ grey has only had 18 days to recover from a hard race at Sandown, where he bravely held off Fox Norton in the Tingle Creek. Vaniteux has also won twice around here but he’s yet to fire since switching stables and Forest Bihan was pulled up behind Politologue at Exeter last month.

Formwatch

Politologue (FR) 7-2 (11-7) Tracked clear leader, jumped well, every chance 3 out, led after next, soon challenged, ran on well and always in command, won at Sandown 2m (1) gs in Dec beating Fox Norton (11-7) by 1/2l, 6 ran.

Special Tiara 8-1 (11-6) Led, not fluent 6th, headed after 3 out, one pace next, no chance with winner between last 2, ridden and kept on under pressure flat, lost well beaten 2nd near finish, 3rd of 5, 8 1/4l behind Fox Norton (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m (1) sft in Nov.

Vaniteux (FR) 33-1 (11-4) Chased leaders in 4th, took closer order 3 out, soon under pressure, mistake last, no extra closing stages, last of 4, 12 3/4l behind Top Notch (11-6) at Taunton 2m 6f (1) sft in Dec.

Forest Bihan (FR) 5-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, struggling 5 out, never able to challenge, weakened and pulled up before next, at Exeter 2m 1f hcp (1) sft in Nov.