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Kempton Park

  • 14:40 williamhill.com Desert Orchid Chase 2m

  • (Grade 2) £45,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £25,628 2nd £9,616 3rd £4,815 4th £2,398
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 10.26s
  • Off time: 14:40:15

Full result

14:40 Kempton Park Result 27th December 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Finian's Rainbow (IRE) 11-5 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 8 4/11f
Led, narrowly headed when blundered badly lost hind legs and dropped to 3rd 4 out, given chance to recover, rallied and stayed on approaching last, driven ahead again final 120 yards opened 1/2 touched 1/2 £533-£1000 £400-£750 £5000-£10000 £1000-£2000 £500-£1000(x3) £800-£1800 £400-£900(x2) £800-£2000(x5)
2nd ¾ Wishfull Thinking 11-6 R Johnson P J Hobbs 8 10/3
Held up in rear, good headway 6th, disputing close 2nd when blundered badly and stumbled on landing 4 out, soon recovered to chase leader, challenged from 3 out, driven to narrow lead final 120 yards, edged right no extra and headed close home opened 3/1 touched 10/3 £3500-£1000 £2100-£600 £3333-£1000
3rd Oiseau de Nuit (FR) 11-6 S Clements C L Tizzard 9 14/1
Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 6th, led 4 out, slight advantage when blundered last, ridden and headed final 120 yards, no extra in 3rd closing stages opened 12/1 touched 14/1
4th 5 Takeroc (FR) 11-4 Harry Derham P F Nicholls 8 14/1
Took keen hold, chased winner until approaching 5th, stayed in touch in 5th, went 4th approaching 7th, one pace and no impression when went left 2 out opened 11/1 touched 14/1
5th 36 Kinkeel (IRE) 11-0 Robert Kirk A W Carroll 12 200/1
Disputing 4th until dropped to rear after 4th, struggling and no chance after, tailed off opened 150/1 touched 200/1
6th Oumeyade (FR) 11-0 Giles Hawkins Mrs S Leech 9 100/1
Raced wide, took keen hold, tracked leading trio, headway to chase winner approaching 5th until next, mistake and weakened 7th, soon behind and no chance, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.40 Tote Place: £1.10,1.50
Straight Forecast: £2.10 Exacta: £2.20 Swingers: 1&2:1.20 2&3:2.10 1&3:2.00

Placepot: £88.40, Pool: £75568.42, 623.7 winning tickets
Quadpot: £16.30, Pool: £5495.95, 248.22 winning tickets

Verdict

A very fine ride from Barry Geraghty and a fine performance from last year's Arkle second and Maghull winner FINIAN'S RAINBOW who appeared more tractable than during his novice season. A bad mistake at the fourth from home appeared to have put paid to any chance of success on this seasonal return but Geraghty bided his time, refusing to rush his mount back into the race and the eight year old responded with a brilliant leap at the last to land running and overhaul the placed horses. Connections expect him to come on for this run ahead of a tilt at next month's Victor Chandler Chase and will have been delighted with the performance of a horse who has to be viewed as a realistic contender for the Champion Chase. Sceptics may point to the proximity of Wishfull Thinking as a negative with the runner-up having shown very little in two previous starts this season. He was, however, a high-class novice and the seemingly bizarre tactics that had seen him tear off at both Cheltenham and Sandown were shelved in favour of a more patient approach. It certainly did the trick for this gelding who has had problems with his wind and saw him return to his best form. He made a mistake at the same fence as the winner but recovered well and lost little in defeat against a smart performer. He's proven over further and the stiffer track at Cheltenham may well suit better than the test provided by this course if his team opt to go down the two mile route while the Ryanair Chase would be the obvious alternative with his stamina for that trip already proven. Decisions, as last year, are unlikely to be made until nearer the time with the same owner/trainer's Captain Chris also a possible candidate for the latter race. Oiseau De Nuit ran his best race of the season, travelling strongly into the contest but he lacks the scope of the two to finish in front of him. He may be able to win a weak race at this level but handicaps remain his best route to success and this run will have done his cause no good in that respect. Takeroc was sensibly ridden and enjoyed a confidence boosting round having fallen at Ascot last time; he is fairly exposed and made the most of a decent opportunity to pick up some prize money.