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Ladbrokes Christmas Festival

BOXING DAY RACING 

 

Day one focusses on the race that underpins the entire festival – The King George VI Steeple Chase.

 

The race draws incredible talent as horses, jockeys and trainers compete to leave a permanent mark in racing history. Many champions go on to win the Gold Cup at Cheltenham the following March.

The King George VI Chase

The Grade 1 race first ran in 1937 and was named after the newly crowned king. It was won by Southern Hero who, to date, remains the oldest winner of the race at 12 years old. The King George VI Chase is synonymous with some of the most famous names in racing with Arkle, Pendil, Wayward Lad and Best Mate all taking their place on the roll of honour. 2019 saw an eleventh King George for Paul Nicholls as Clan Des Obeaux notching up back to back wins in the race.

 

THE History OF THE KING GEORGE 

ENCLOSURE GUIDE

Don't miss a second of the action at your day at the races. With five to choose from, read our guide to the enclosures and decide which is best for you. Kauto Club and Premier Enclosure Reserved seats often sell out, so why not sign up to our newsletter to make sure you don't miss the 2020 launch!

 

GUIDE TO OUR ENCLOSURES 

The triple crown chase

The biggest bonus in Jump racing is offered to any horse which can win the three most prestigious Grade One staying chases in the 2019-20 season; the Betfair Chase, the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase and the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup.

 

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2019 schedule

Time

Race

Distance

12:50pm

THE GET YOUR £1 LADBROKES FREE BET TODAY NOVICES’ HURDLE RACE

2 miles

1:20pm

THE LADBROKES “WHERE THE NATION PLAYS” STEEPLE CHASE (A NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP)

2 miles 4½ furlongs

1:55pm

THE LADBROKES KAUTO STAR NOVICES’ STEEPLE CHASE (IN MEMORY OF NIGEL CLARK) (GRADE 1)

3 miles

2:30pm

THE LADBROKES CHRISTMAS HURDLE RACE (GRADE 1)

2 miles

3:05pm

THE LADBROKES KING GEORGE VI STEEPLE CHASE (GRADE 1)

3 miles

 

3:40pm

THE LADBROKES HANDICAP HURDLE RACE

2 miles 5 furlongs

PLAN YOUR DAY

Frequently Asked Questions

From where to park to what to wear, find out all you need to know ahead of the big day.

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GUIDE TO ENCLOSURES

Choose the perfect spot for you with our guide to the enclosures at the Ladbrokes Christmas Festival.

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The Going

 

Click here to find the updated Going.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

As part of ensuring our guests enjoy a safe environment while attending Kempton Park Racecourse, we thank you for cooperating with our routine search procedures on arrival. Find our full terms & conditions of entry here.

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