Every year, the fourth and featured race of Day Two, Desert Orchid Chase Day, at Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival is The Desert Orchid Chase itself.
The Christmas Festival is one of the most prestigious horse racing events in the United Kingdom, showcasing two days of competitive National Hunt horse racing, each with a spectacular 6-race card.
Included in these 12 wonderful races are the likes of The King George VI Chase, The Desert Orchid Chase and The Christmas Hurdle.
The 2021 edition of The Christmas Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse will take place from Sunday the 26th until Monday the 27th of December this winter. For all of The Kempton Christmas Festival’s news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.
About The Race
The Desert Orchid Chase is a Grade 2, Class 1 National Hunt steeplechase that serves as the featured race of Desert Orchid Chase Day at Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival.
Open to horses aged four years old and up, The Desert Orchid Chase runs just 2 miles of Kempton Park racecourse and features 12 fences for the horses and jockeys to negotiate.
The contenders fought for a share of an £80,000 prize pool last time out, which was shared between the four placing runners as follows:
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
The Desert Orchid Chase will run at approximately 14:30 on Monday the 27th of December 2021.
The Desert Orchid Chase features some of the best competitors in National Hunt racing. These horses and jockeys frequent some of the most prestigious races in The UK and Ireland all year round.
Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race at Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse last time out in 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):
- Altior (IRE) – second-place finish – 1/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
- Global Citizen (IRE) – Pulled Up – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Ben Pauling
- Rouge Vif (FR) – fourth-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan and trained by Harry Whittington
- Duc Des Genievres (FR) – third-place finish – 13/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
- Nube Negra (SPA) – first-place finish – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
- Sceau Royal (FR) – Fell – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Alan King
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Last December, the race favourite Altior began the race with a starting price of 1/1, and the longest outsiders were 20/1 priced Nube Negra and Global Citizen.
It was in fact 20/1 priced Spanish competitor Nube Negra that finished first in this edition of The Desert Orchid Chase, converting £10 outright backing stakes into £210 in returns, £200 profits for those that fancied the joint least likely runner.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Desert Orchid Chase on Desert Orchid Chase Day at The Christmas Festival, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
Spanish outsider Nube Negra, with a starting price of 20/1, ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton, won The Desert Orchid Chase last December at Kempton Park Racecourse.
1/1 priced race favourite finished three and a half lengths behind Nube Negra in second place, followed by 13/2 priced Duc Des Genievres in third place and 9/2 priced joint second-favourite Rouge Vif in fourth.
Six runners participated in this edition of The Desert Orchid Chase at The Christmas Festival.
4/1 priced fourth-favourite Bun Doran finished first in The Desert Orchid Chase on Day Two of Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival in 2019, ridden by jockey Jonathon Burke and trained by Tom George.
3/1 priced second-favourite finished a length and a half behind Bun Doran in second place, followed by 7/2 priced third-favourite in third place and 7/4 race favourite in fourth.
Five runners contested this edition of The Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton Park Racecourse.
1/8 strong race favourite Altior, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson, finished first in The Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival in 2018.
11/1 priced Diego Du Charmil finished nineteen lengths behind Altior in second place, followed by 8/1 priced Special Tiara in third place and 9/1 priced Speredek in fourth.
All five of this race’s starting runners successfully passed the final post.
On Desert Orchid Chase Day at The Christmas Festival in 2017, The Desert Orchid Chase was won by 8/15 priced race favourite Politologue, ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Paul Nicholls.
25/1 priced outsider Vaniteux finished thirteen lengths behind Politologue in second place, followed by 6/1 priced Forest Bihan in third place. The only other runner in this edition of The Desert Orchid Chase was 3/1 second-favourite Special Tiara who fell eighth.