Special Tiara Image reproduced with the kind permission of Sandown Park Racecourse

Special Tiara
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Sandown Park Racecourse

Special Tiara made proven class tell, as he beat two horses after the early exit of Sire De Grugy in the Grade 2 32Red Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton Park.

Yet another disappointingly small sized field of four lined up for a big British race here.

Special Tiara, as so often is the case, went straight into the lead from Sire De Grugy and Sir Valentino, with Savello a couple of lengths adrift.

At the second fence, Sire De Grugy blundered and unseated Jamie Moore, reducing the field to three.

Special Tiara meanwhile, set the tempo from Sir Valentino, with Savello a few lengths behind, as the leader took the fourth fence, the first down the back.

The lead increased to about five lengths as Special Tiara approached the sixth fence, with Sir Valentino second and then Savello who was tailed off.

At the fourth last, Special Tiara and Noel Fehily continued to lead Sir Valentino, who had closed, although the leader was still racing within himself.

Into the straight, Special Tiara landed in front over three out and the sprint was on in earnest.

Special Tiara jumped well for Fehily when he needed to at the second last, as Sir Valentino blundered and the Irish raider headed to the last with a two length advantage. He jumped the last cleanly and whilst Sir Valentino responded to pressure, Special Tiara held him comfortably at bay, with the pair miles clear of Savello.

Clearly this race was robbed of plenty of its interest with the early departure of Sire De Grugy, but Henry De Bromhead’s Grade 1 winning 9 year old, was always in command here as he landed his second Desert Orchid Chase.

This victory gave Fehily a fourth winner from as many rides so far on the card.

Fehily said: “It’s been a fantastic day. I’ve ridden some lovely horses and I’m very lucky.

“I’ve had some great days on this fella. I’ve been placed in Champion Chases on him, I’ve won a Celebration Chase on him. He’s been a very good horse to me.

“He’s older now and is finishing his races off a lot better. He picked up well.”