Kauto's star appeal boosts Kempton Park Boxing Day ticket sales

23rd November 2011

Kauto Star and Ruby Walsh have a winning record on Boxing Day at Kempton Park

Kauto Star and Ruby Walsh have a winning record on Boxing Day at Kempton Park

The sensational performance by Kauto Star at the weekend has had an immediate 20 percent boost on advance ticket sales for Boxing Day racing at Kempton Park.

Racecourse managing director Amy Starkey said: “Kauto fever is spreading! The ‘phones began to ring and online bookings picked up almost as soon as he returned to the winners’ enclosure at Haydock Park on Saturday.”

The Racing Post newspaper suggested the Haydock Park race was the greatest tearjerker since Desert Orchid’s famous victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup 22 years ago, while festival sponsor and bookmaker William Hill reduced Kauto Star’s odds to win on Boxing Day from 16-1 to just 4-1.

Although Kauto Star’s owner Clive Smith and trainer Paul Nicholls have yet to decide whether to run the horse in his fifth William Hill King George VI Chase – he’s won the race four times before – they say they would like to do so.

Long Run, the horse that defeated 11-year-old Kauto Star in the 2010 race which was delayed until January this year due to the big freeze, was second behind him at Haydock Park.  He will be back at Kempton Park on Boxing Day in a bid to retain his title.

The William Hill Winter Festival is already the must see British sporting occasion at Christmas time – and, with speculation growing that Kauto Star will bid for a fifth triumph in the feature race, excitement is increasing.

Amy Starkey said: “The William Hill Winter Festival at Kempton Park is as much a part of Christmas as turkey, mulled wine and mince pies.

“Fans of sport love Boxing Day at Kempton Park, and especially the William Hill King George VI Chase, the race made so famous by the exploits of racehorse legends Desert Orchid and Kauto Star.”

The racecourse reported that its Premier ‘Cracker’ tickets for Boxing Day were proving particularly popular after Kauto Star’s spectacular win at the weekend.

‘Cracker’ tickets – which are available for both 26 and 27 December and for both the Paddock and Premier Enclosures – come with a book of vouchers for a racecard, a drink, a £10 bet with William Hill, and a discounted return visit to Kempton Park in the New Year.

The ticketing options are: Premier Cracker with reserved seat £60; Premier Cracker £45; Paddock Cracker £30.  Tickets for the Festival Enclosure can also be bought in advance and cost just £12. Car parking tickets, which can be ordered in advance too, cost £5, £8 and £15.

On the second day of the William Hill Winter Festival – on Tuesday 27 December – the prices are £25 for Premier Cracker and £18 for Paddock Cracker tickets. The Festival Enclosure on day two is £8 in advance, while
car parking is £3 or £5.

Disabled parking is free of charge, as is parking in the centre of the racecourse on both days.

Bookings can be made online at boxingdayraces.co.uk or by calling the box office on 0844 579 3008.