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Ladbrokes Christmas Festival

day two of the festival


Day two of the Festival is Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase Day.


Named after the charismatic grey who made Kempton Park his own, the day is packed full of quality racing including the Mare’s Handicap Hurdle Race, the Wayward Lad Novices’ Steeple Chase and, of course, The Desert Orchid Chase. Tickets on sale now!


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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 at the Festival and decide which is best for you. The Kauto Club enclosure has now sold out on 26th December and last few tickets are remaining for the 27th December, so act quickly.



The Desert Orchid Chase

Dessie, as he was affectionately known, was laid to rest at Kempton Park on the 27th December 2006 - the same day as the inaugural running of the race which was won by the Alan King trained Voy Por Ustedes.


It has since been won by an array of Jump racing stars including Sire de Grugy, Sprinter Sacre, Special Tiara and Politologue. In 2018, the mighty Altior cruised to victory to take his 16th win from his 16th start. Will we see him back at Kempton Park this year, stepping up in trip to the King George?


Get ready as the racing continues! Arrive early to soak up all the excitement, and all restaurants and bars open as gates do.


Gates open: 10.30am

First race: 12.50pm

Last race: 3.35pm


Race timings may be subject to change, please check back nearer the event.

Panoramic restaurant

AVAILABLE 26th & 27th December

See all the racing from the best seat in the house in our glass-fronted restaurant. Enjoy a private table with your own screen for close up action plus:

  • Glass of Champagne on arrival & canapés 
  • Three course à la carte meal
  • British cheeseboard, coffee and mints to follow
  • Half a bottle of house wine per person
  • Complimentary racecard & betting facility
  • Car parking


King George VI Chase Day: Limited space remains £339 per person

Desert Orchid Chase Day: £179 per person


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Due to tables selling fast, please call 01372 477 747 if you're looking to book for less than four or more than six guests.


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

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