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Desert Orchid Chase Day

The Desert Orchid Chase Day is the name given to the second day of The Christmas Festival every year, which takes place on the 27th of December, the day after The King George VI Chase Day on Boxing Day at Kempton Park Racecourse.

The Desert Orchid Chase is of course the featured race of Day Two, sitting on the six-race card amongst the likes of The Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase and The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race to make up yet another spectacular day of National Hunt horse racing.

Here is a short analysis of the races that are likely to take place during the next edition of Desert Orchid Chase Day at The Christmas Festival 2021:

Introductory Juvenile Hurdle (GBB Race)

The first race that takes place on Desert Orchid Chase Day at Kempton Park Racecourse every year is The Introductory Juvenile Hurdle Race, which will begin at around 12:45.

Exclusively open to horses aged just three years old, The Introductory Juvenile Hurdle Race is a Class 2 National Hunt Great British Breeders hurdle race for juveniles that runs just 2 miles of Kempton Park Racecourse.

£16,000 was up for grabs last time out, which was shared between the first four race finishers as follows:

1st place – 3/1 Heross Du Seuil (FR) – £10,010

2nd place – 5/2 Her Indoors (IRE) – £2,957

3rd place – 17/2 Ambassador (IRE) – £1,478

4th place – 50/1 Royaume Uni (IRE) – £739

Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

The second race that will take place at Kempton Park Racecourse on the second day of The Christmas Festival will be The Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase, commencing at approximately 13:20.

Open to horses aged just four years old, The Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase is a Grade 2, Class 1 National Hunt Great British Breeders steeplechase that runs precisely 2 miles of Kempton Park Racecourse.

The prize pool for the most recent edition of this race was £32,000, which was shared proportionately between the first four race finishers. Here’s how much was assigned to each placement position:

1st place – 1/3 Shishkin (IRE) – £18,224

2nd place – 10/1 Tamaroc Du Mathan (FR) – £6,838

3rd place – 10/1 Elusive Belle (IRE) – £3,424

4th place – 6/1 Gumball (FR) – £1,706

Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race is the third race that takes place during Day Two of The Christmas Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse every year.

Open to mares aged four years old and up, The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race is a Class 2 National Hunt Great British Breeders handicap hurdle race that is the longest race of the day, stretching 3 miles and 121 yards of Kempton Park Racecourse.

Last December, the purse for this race added up to £16,000, which was shared between the first four finishers of the race in the following fashion:

1st place – 9/2 Molly Ollys Wishes (GB) – £10,010

2nd place – 7/2 Emmpressive Lady (IRE) – £2,957

3rd place – 16/1 Coded Message (GB) – £1,478

4th place – 5/1 Midnightreflection (GB) – £739

Desert Orchid Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

The fourth and featured race of the second day of The Christmas Festival at Kempton Park racecourse will be The Desert Orchid Chase, commencing at approximately 14:30.

Horses aged four years old and above can compete in The Desert Orchid Chase, which is a Grade 2, Class 1 Great British Breeders steeplechase that runs just 2 miles of Kempton Park Racecourse.

An impressive £80,000 purse was to fight for at the most recent edition of this race, with the following amounts assigned to each placement position:

1st place – 20/1 Nube Negra (SPA) – £45,560

2nd place – 1/1 Altior (IRE) – £17,096

3rd place – 13/2 Duc Des Genievres (FR) – £8,560

4th place – 9/2 Rouge Vif (FR) – £4,264

Handicap Chase

The fifth and penultimate race of Desert Orchid Chase Day at Kempton Park Racecourse during The Christmas Festival this December will be The Handicap Chase, starting at about 15:05.

Contended by horses aged four years old and above, The Handicap Chase is a Class 2 National Hunt handicap steeplechase that runs 3 miles of Kempton Park Racecourse.

Eleven runners competed for a share of a generous £40,000 purse last time out, which was split between the placing horses as follows:

1st place – 9/2 Royale Pagaille (FR) – £25,024

2nd place – 6/1 Cap Du Nord (FR) – £7,392

3rd place – 14/1 Double Shuffle (IRE) – £3,696

4th place – 6/1 Mellow Ben (IRE) – £1,848

Handicap Hurdle

The final race that will take place on Desert Orchid Chase Day at Kempton Park Racecourse for The Christmas Festival 2021 will be The Handicap Hurdle Race, concluding the day’s action at around 15:40.

Horses aged three years old and above can participate in The Handicap Hurdle Race, which is a Class 3 National Hunt handicap hurdle race that runs just 2 miles of the track at Kempton Park Racecourse.

The final prize pool of the day was £16,400 last time out, which was shared between the first four horses that successfully passed the final post. Here’s how much was assigned to each placement position:

1st place – 5/2 Cadzand (IRE) – £9,747

2nd place – 11/1 Christopher Wood (IRE) – £2,862

3rd place – 6/1 Torigni (FR) – £1,431

4th place – 4/1 The Bees Knees (IRE) – £716

News

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Odds

The odds on the horses during the races at The Christmas Festival are some of the most generous seen throughout the National Hunt racing calendar.

The longest odds seen during Desert Orchid Chase Day last December were on 150/1 priced French competitor Sarceaux who managed a fifth-place finish in The Introductory Juvenile Hurdle Race.

The biggest upset on this day was in The Desert Orchid Chase itself, when 20/1 priced outsider Nube Negra finished in first place, beating 1/1 race favourite Altior by three and a half lengths, converting £10 outright backing stakes into £210 in returns, £200 in clean profits.

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