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Saturday 12 February

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING

 

Taking place on Saturday 12 February 2022, The Virgin Bet Kingmaker Novice Chase Day is one of the highlights of the Jump season at Warwick Racecourse.

 

Not only is it a fantastic fixture in its own right, but it's also targeted by many top-quality horses as they attempt to secure a place in history at The Festival™ at Cheltenham and the Randox Grand National at Aintree. 

 

Whoever the winners, you can be sure that even more victories await once they've got a win at Warwick under their belts.

 

In 2021, the race honours went to Allmankind trained by Dan Skelton and ridden by Harry Skelton who then went on to win the Grade 2 Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase at Aintree at the start of this season.

 

If you are yet to visit Warwick Racecourse, the Virgin Bet Kingmaker Chase Day is the perfect opportunity for you to learn about the horse racing industry with entertainment off the track including:

- RoR (Retraining of Racehorses) Parade which will take place in the Parade Ring from 12:25pm - 12:40pm. Horses that will be parading include Barbers Shop, Coneygree, Limato, Miko De Beauchene, Pineau De Re, Smad Place, Thomas Crapper and Un Temps Pour Tout.

- RoR Exhibition Vehicle

- Racing to School

- Roll a Ball Kentucky Derby

- Crossey's Corner - where retired jockey David Crosse will be showing you how to ride a racehorse by using an equisizer and more.

 

There will be live music from The Peas on the entrance to welcome racegoers.

RACE IN STYLE

 

Guarantee a memorable day out by matching superb sport with fabulous food and magnificent facilities at Warwick Racecourse for Kingmaker Novice Chase Day.

 

With excellent views of the racecourse and a lavish dining experience, the excitement of the day is easily accessed from your table.

 

It’s the perfect way to entertain clients, family or friends – a day you’ll never forget!

 

HOSPITALITY

Correct as of 2021, information is subject to change. 

GATES OPEN

11:00am

FIRST RACE

1:00pm

LAST RACE

4:30pm

Start Times

Race

Distance

Type

13:00 THE VIRGIN BET NOVICES' HURDLE RACE (CLASS 4) 2m 5f Hurdle
13:35 THE VIRGIN BET WARWICK MARES' HURDLE RACE (CLASS 1) (NHMOPS Bonus Race) (Listed Race) 2m Hurdle image029h9.png
14:05 THE VIRGIN BET KINGMAKER NOVICES' STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 1) (Grade 2) 2m 54yds Chase image029h9.png
14:40 THE VIRGIN BET HANDICAP HURDLE RACE (CLASS 1) 2m 5f Hurdle
15:15 THE VIRGIN BET WARWICK CASTLE HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 2) 2m 4f Chase image029h9.png
15:50 THE VIRGIN BET FIVES HANDICAP HURDLE RACE (CLASS 4) 3m 2f Hurdle
16:25 THE VIRGIN BET INTERMEDIATE OPEN NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE (CLASS 5) 2m NH Flat

THE MAKING OF THE KINGMAKER

 

The Grade 2 Kingmaker Novice Chase is the feature race and ran over two miles.

 

The race was first competed for in 1991 for horses aged five and older. Back in 1991, it was run in May over a distance of 2m 4½f, then moved to February from 1996. Since 1996, it's run over a distance of about 1m 7f 199yds with 12 fences jumped. 

 

Why is it called the Kingmaker? The race is named after the 16th Earl of Warwick, who was known as the Kingmaker during the War of the Roses. 

 

WATCH PREVIOUS RENEWALS

2020 RENEWAL 2019 RENEWAL 2018 RENEWAL 2017 RENEWAL

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

1991

Anti Matter

6

Peter Scudamore

Martin Pipe

1992

Milford Quay

9

Peter Scudamore

Martin Pipe

1993

Flashthecash

7

Adrian Maguire

Toby Balding

1994

Boscean Chieftain

10

Richard Dunwoody

Jackie Retter

1995

Wasn't raced

     

1996

Arctic Kinsman

8

Carl Llewellyn

Nigel Twiston-Davies

1997

Mulligan

7

Adrian Maguire

David Nicholson

1998

Lake Kariba

7

Richard Johnson

Paul Nicholls

1999

Flagship Uberalles

5

Robert Thornton

Paul Nicholls

2000

Cenkos

6

Jimmy McCarthy

Oliver Sherwood

2001

Whitenzo

5

Joe Tizzard

Paul Nicholls

2002

Armaturk

5

Timmy Murphy

Paul Nicholls

2003

Abandoned due to frost

2004

Abandoned due to frost

2005

Kadount

7

Robert Thornton

Alan King

2006

Voy Por Ustedes

5

Robert Thornton

Alan King

2007

Ursis

6

Dominic Elsworth

Steve Gollings

2008

Kruguyrova

5

Jimmy McCarthy

Charles Egerton

2009

Gauvain

7

Noel Fehily

Charlie Mann

2010

Long Run

5

Sam Waley-Cohen

Nicky Henderson

2011

Finian's Rainbow

8

Andrew Tinkler

Nicky Henderson

2012

Abandoned due to a frozen track

 

 

   

2013

Majala

7

Jason Maguire

Tom George

 

2014

Balder Succes

6

Wayne Hutchinson

Alan King

 

2015

Vibrato Valtat

6

Sam Twiston-Davies

Paul Nicholls

 

2016

Violet Dancer

6

Jamie Moore

Gary Moore

 

2017

Flying Angel

6

Willy Twiston-Davies

Nigel Twiston-Davies

 

2018

Saint Calvados

5

Aidan Coleman

Harry Whittington

 

2019

Glen Forsa

7

Jonathan Burke

Mick Channon

 

2020

Rouge Vif

6

Gavin Sheehan

Harry Whittington

 

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