Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase
Grade 2, Kempton Park 14:30
£100,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus,
2m, Class 1  
Wednesday 27th December 2023


1 Editeur Du Gite 5/1
2 Nube Negra 13/2
3 Elixir De Nutz 11/4
6 ran Distances: 3l, nse, 42l
Time: 3m 56.50s (slow by 6.50s)

Editeur Du Gite secured back-to-back victories in the race with a strong front-running performance. Despite carrying the top weight of 11st 12lb, the 5-1 chance, trained by Gary Moore, courageously held on to win by three lengths.

The race dynamics were set early on when Malystic was pulled up, leaving Editeur Du Gite and Elixir De Nutz to establish a solid pace in the Grade Two contest. Boothill, the market leader aiming for a third consecutive win, saw his aspirations cut short when he fell at the fifth-last fence.

In the home straight, the jumping prowess of Editeur Du Gite, guided by Niall Houlihan, played a crucial role as two impressive leaps propelled him to a clear lead. While Elixir De Nutz made late errors, Nube Negra managed to secure second place in the final stages of the race.

“All the staff worked hard over Christmas and to see him come back today was very special, especially in a handicap,” said Moore.

“I think it was because he was able to lead today and dominate without being forced to. The other horse kept him company and just kept him honest.

“He will probably get further on a sharp track like this, so you’ve got to make plenty of use of him and he was always going to stay on.

“His next race will be the Game Spirit at Newbury, because he is slightly better going left-handed.

“Then you’ve got to have an entry in the Champion Chase, because he’s not getting any younger and it’s probably his last chance.”

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Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase
£100,000 guaranteed,
4yo plus, 2m, Class 1
6 ran

Going: Good to Soft

1     Editeur Du Gite 9 11-12 Gary Moore Niall Houlihan 5/1
3 Nube Negra 9 11-8 Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 13/2
nse Elixir De Nutz 9 11-9 Joe Tizzard Brendan Powell 11/4
42 Grange Walk 8 10-9 John Patrick Ryan Kielan Woods 18/1
FELL Boothill 8 11-11 Harry Fry Jonathan Burke 11/8F
PU Malystic 9 10-13 Peter Niven Nico de Boinville 14/1

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