The Desert Orchid Chase is a Grade 2 National Hunt steeplechase, run at Kempton Park on day two of their Winter Carnival. It is run over a distance of about 2 miles and during its running there are twelve fences to be jumped.
The race was inaugurated back in 2006, named in memory of the popular-grey Desert Orchid, who died a few weeks earlier. Desert Orchid is another who won Kempton's most famous contest: the King George VI Chase, four times between 1986 and 1990. His ashes were scattered at the racecourse on the day of this race's inaugural running.
The event replaced the Castleford Chase in the National Hunt calendar as a Grade 2 chase over 2 miles, and is a key indicator for the candidates ahead of the Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March.