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Monday 26 December

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.

Approximate timings, likely to change closer to the raceday.

GATES OPEN

10am

FIRST RACE

12.45pm

feature race

3.05pm

LAST RACE

3.40pm

START TIMES RACE
DISTANCE
12.45pm

The Play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side On Football Novices’ Hurdle Race (CLASS 2) (GBB RACE)  (CL 2)

about TWO MILES (2m)
1.20pm
The Get Your Ladbrokes £1 Free Bet Today Novices’ Limited Handicap Steeple Chase(CLASS 3) (GBB RACE)  (CL 3)
TWO MILES ABOUT FOUR AND A HALF FURLONGS (2m 4f 110yds)
1.55pm The Ladbrokes Kauto Star Novices' Steeple Chase (CLASS 1)  (Grade 1) (GBB RACE) (CL 1)
about THREE MILES (3m)
2.30pm
The Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle Race (CLASS 1) (Grade 1) (GBB RACE)  (CL 1)
about TWO MILES (2m)
3.05pm
The Ladbrokes King George VI Steeple Chase (CLASS 1) (Grade 1) (GBB RACE)  (CL 1)
about THREE MILES (3m)
3.40pm
The Ladbrokes We Play Together Handicap Hurdle Race  (CLASS 3)  (CL 3)
TWO MILES ABOUT FIVE FURLONGS (2m 5f)

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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.

 

Tornado Flyer created history at Kempton Park in 2021 when becoming the longest-priced winner in the history of the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase. The 28-1 chance beat the previous 25-1 record starting price achieved by French raider Nupsala back in 1987. It was a second King George victory for Ireland’s champion Jump trainer Willie Mullins, 20 years on from Florida Pearl in 2001 and an eighth Irish-trained winner overall of the three-mile Grade One contest.

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