Racing: Desert date

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The Independent Online
DESERT ORCHID is still making a good recovery from surgery on a twisted gut, and could return home next week. Tim Greet, the vet who supervised the operation to remove 10 feet of intestine from the former champion chaser, said: 'He has made excellent progress and if he continues to do so will go home on Tuesday.' The 13-year-old is spending his retirement at the Leicestershire stud of his owners, the Burridge family.