Unibet Desert Orchid Chase
Grade 2, Kempton Park 14:30
£90,000 added, 4yo plus,
2m, Class 1  
Wednesday 27th December 2017


1 Politologue 8/15F
2 Vaniteux 25/1
3 Forest Bihan 6/1
4 ran Distances: 13l, 15l
Time: 4m 7.00s (slow by 17.00s)

Politologue lands the Grade 2 comfortably for Paul Nicholls and Sam Twiston-Davies

© Racehorse Photos

The Paul Nicholls-trained Politologue was a prohibitively priced 8-15 favourite to add to his triumphs in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter and the Tingle Creek at Sandown, and Sam Twiston-Davies was happy to sit in the slipstream of reigning Champion Chase hero Special Tiara for much of the two-mile contest.

Special Tiara, who was bidding for a third victory in the Grade Two, travelled and jumped with his usual exuberance before making an uncharacteristic mistake five fences from home, taking off too far away from the obstacle and paying the penalty with a crashing fall.

His exit left Politologue in a clear lead and he safely negotiated the remaining fences to seal a 13-length success.

Vaniteux finished second and Forest Bihan was last of the three finishers.

Trainers Quotes

Unibet Desert Orchid Chase
£90,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m, Class 1
4 ran
Going: Soft

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Politologue (FR) 8/15f Sam Twiston-Davies
P F Nicholls 6
2nd 13 Vaniteux (FR) 25/1 T Scudamore
D Pipe 8
3rd 14 Forest Bihan (FR) 6/1 D A Jacob
B Ellison 6
F Special Tiara 3/1 N D Fehily
H de Bromhead 10