Desert Orchid

Desert Orchid: Racing Legend

  • Midge to close the Official Fan Club.
  • December 26th, ‘King George’ day,
  • Midge Burridge announces the temination of the long standing Desert Orchid Fan Club.

Britain’s Favorite Horse: Desert Orchid

Quoted from the the Daily Mail: ” For the past 18 years, since he won the Gold Cup, I have run the fan club which has been the greatest fun. But now he’s gone it is time to call a halt and wind it up, there is nothing more to say.”


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Desert Orchid

Desert Orchid Remembered

Tributes and emails from around the World in celebration of the Great Grey Horse

Please click here to read the letter sent to fans from Co-owner Midge Burridge

Grey gelding foaled 11 April 1979

by Grey Mirage out of Flower Child,

Desert Orchid had been retired longer than he raced, still has his fan club and his presence was as desirable on parade as it once was on the racetrack.

When in December 2005 his trainer David Elsworth left his Whitsbury training stables after 25 years, Dessie packed up and went with him. His new home was the historical Egerton Stables in Newmarket where Richard Marsh trained Persimmon and Diamond Jubilee for King Edward. The home of flat racing welcomed them both with open arms and Dessie settled right in, basking in all of the attention.

Few who saw him will forget him and ‘LIVING LEGEND’ was the only way to describe him.

Died, aged 27 in his stable at Egerton Stud

We welcome Dessie stories and will credit any photos sent.