Racing: Orchid is on parade

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DESERT ORCHID will shortly make his first public appearance since emergency surgery saved his life last November. He will lead the parade for the Agfa Diamond Chase at Sandown Park a week on Saturday, a race he won three times during his jumping career.

Desert Orchid, now 14, has recovered from severe colic with the help of veterinary surgeons at Newmarket. For every paying customer on 6 February, the Sandown Park executive will donate 50p towards his veterinary fees.

Richard Burridge, Desert Orchid's part-owner, said: 'He's very well and, provided there are no setbacks, will definitely be parading. Sandown was one of his favourite courses and he won nine races there including the Agfa Chase in 1987, 1989 and 1991 - the final victory of his career.'

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