Unibet Desert Orchid Chase
Grade 2, Kempton Park 14:30
£90,000 added, 4yo plus,
2m, Class 1  
Thursday 27th December 2018

1 Altior 1/8F
2 Diego Du Charmil 11/1
3 Special Tiara 8/1
5 ran Distances: 19l, 5l, 29l
Time: 3m 50.10s (slow by 0.10s)

A comfortable win for Altior

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After defeats for high-profile stablemates Buveur D’Air and Might Bite 24 hours earlier, trainer Nicky Henderson was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief, as the 1-8 favourite cantered around for a routine success.

Former Champion Chase victor Special Tiara put the pace into the race – and it was a stern one, as usual front-runners Speredek and Diakali were taken off their feet somewhat.

Nico de Boinville moved Altior into a challenging position coming out of the back straight and briefly Diego Du Chamil looked to be travelling just as well.

As soon as Altior opened up, though, the race was over, and he sprinted away between the last two fences, with a flying leap at the last sealing the deal on the way to a 19-length triumph.

Trainers Quotes

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

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Altior (IRE) 1/8f Nico de Boinville
N J Henderson 8
2nd 19 Diego Du Charmil (FR) 11/1 H Cobden
P F Nicholls 6
3rd 5 Special Tiara 8/1 N D Fehily
H De Bromhead 11
4th 29 Speredek (FR) 9/1 Tom Cannon
N J Hawke 7
5th 25 Diakali (FR) 33/1 Joshua Moore
G L Moore 9

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