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.
Although we’re all keen to welcome you back to the track as soon as it’s safe and appropriate to do so, Kempton Park Racecourse will be racing behind closed doors until further notice. This follows the latest advice from the Government in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
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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. 2019 saw an eleventh King George for Paul Nicholls as Clan Des Obeaux notching up back to back wins in the race.