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LADBROKES KING GEORGE VI CHASE DAY

THURSDAY 26TH DECEMBER

Day one of the festival focusses on the race that underpins the entire festival – Ladbrokes King George VI Chase Day. This race held on Boxing Day is steeped in history and some of the biggest names in Jump racing.

The King George VI is the mid-season race that draws the biggest names. Horses, jockeys and trainers that have left an indelible mark in racing history – many who have gone on to win the Gold Cup at Cheltenham the following March.

 

The 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.

Legendary champions

 

You can't talk about the race without mentioning two of its most famous winners – the inimitable Desert Orchid and King Kauto Star.

 

Desert Orchid won the race a staggering four times before bowing out in the 1991 race. He was still a Christmas treat at Kempton Park through the firm diary date to parade at the racecourse every year until his death in 2006 at the grand old age of 27.

 

No one dreamed Dessie’s feat could ever be matched until Kauto Star appeared on the racing scene. He was a superstar and he knew it. He matched Desert Orchid’s record with back to back wins from 2006 to 2009 before succumbing to Long Run in 2010. Many thought his illustrious career was over but he staged the mother of all comebacks at Haydock Park in the Betfair Chase winning by eight lengths from Long Run. Despite his win, he went off second favourite to Long Run in the King George VI Chase – the rest, as they say – is history. Kauto Star won the race and his place in history as the only horse to date to win the King George VI Chase five times. Will we ever see another like him?

 

 

 

Kauto Star winner King George in 2011.jpg

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Chase Triple Crown 

 

The race also forms part of the Jockey Club Chase Triple Crown which offers a £1m bonus to any horse that can win the Betfair Chase, Ladbrokes King George VI Chase and Magners Gold Cup. The cash bonus will be awarded alongside The Kauto Star Trophy, named in honour of the great chaser who achieved the feat in 2006/7.

LADBROKES KING GEORGE VI CHASE ROLL OF HONOUR

Year

Horse

Age

Jockey

Trainer

2009

Kauto Star

9

Ruby Walsh

Paul Nicholls

2010 

Long Run 

Sam Waley-Cohen 

Nicky Henderson

2011 

Kauto Star 

11 

Ruby Walsh 

Paul Nicholls

2012 

Long Run 

Sam Waley-Cohen 

Nicky Henderson

2013 

Silviniaco Conti 

Noel Fehily 

Paul Nicholls

2014 

Silviniaco Conti 

Noel Fehily 

Paul Nicholls

2015

Cue Card

9

Paddy Brennan

Colin Tizzard

2016

Thistlecrack

8

Tom Scudamore 

Colin Tizzard

2017 

Might Bite 

Nico de Boinville 

Nicky Henderson

2018

Clan des Obeaux

6

Harry Cobden

Paul Nicholls

Map Marker: Kempton Park Racecourse

Staines Rd E
Shepperton
Sunbury-on-Thames
TW16 5AQ

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