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As testament to the high quality of our service we are proud of our association with the nation’s most loved horse, Desert Orchid

Transported and liveried by us for 6 years, we were honoured to provide our services to a much loved and missed legend



Dessie is the most famous, most beloved grey in British steeplechasing. He was a horse for the big occasion, who loved the cheers and lived for winning. His most famous win came over the three miles of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, when almost 60,000 saw him overcome the sucking mud and the left-handed course he hated to claim victory.

Handsome and talented, his victories came despite often punishing handicaps, but Dessie's courage never wavered - and that's what made him special.

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     Sire Grey Mirage
     Grandsire Double-U-Jay
     Dam Flower Child
     Damsire Brother
     Sex Gelding
     Foaled 11 April 1979 in Goadby, Leicestershire, England.
     Country Great Britain United Kingdom
     Colour Grey
     Breeder James Burridge
     Owner James Burridge, Midge Burridge, Richard Burridge, Simon Bullimore
     Trainer David Elsworth at Whitsbury Manor Racing Stables, Fordingbridge, Wiltshire
     Record 70: 34-11-8
     Earnings 654,066
Major wins
Tolworth Hurdle (1984)
Kingwell Hurdle (1984)
Hurst Park Novices' Chase (1985)
King George VI Chase (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990)
Gainsborough Chase (1987, 1989, 1991)
Martell Cup (1988)
Whitbread Gold Cup (1988)
Tingle Creek Chase (1988)
Victor Chandler Chase (1989)
Cheltenham Gold Cup (1989)
Racing Post Chase (1990)
Irish Grand National (1990)
Timeform rating: 187
The Desert Orchid Chase at Wincanton
Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton Park Racecourse
Statue, ashes, headstone - Kempton Park Racecourse


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