The Boxing Day horse race is held as part of the 32Red Winter Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse. The King George VI Chase is a steeplechase in which horses and their riders jump a number of fences and obstacles over a 3-mile course. It is one of the biggest days on the racing calendar, in particular among the UK jump races. It was first run in 1937, the coronation year of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, which gave the chase its name. The race has attracted big names and famous horses such as 4 times winner Desert Orchid and 5 times winner Kauto Star.
The nearest airport to Kempton Park is London Heathrow, which is less than half hour away, or 45 minutes from Gatwick. The chase is on Boxing Day, which is a bank holiday in the UK, however there is a bus service from Kew Station. For those driving, a park and ride scheme is also available. Tickets for the day start at entry into the festival enclosure for £15.30, tickets to the Paddock enclosure cost £36 and the premier enclosure is £45. Reserved seating in the premier closure costs between £20 and £63. Children go free, although still require a ticket.
Book online in advance, the reserved seating in particular sell out early. Gates open around 10am so arrive in time to watch all the action. Soak up the atmosphere and bet on the horses, although only take the cash amount you’re willing to spend. Look at the race card, study the odds and bet responsibly. If you’re likely to make a return trip to Kempton Racecourse you can become a member, receiving admission to all racing fixtures along with other exclusive deals. With the King George VI Chase on boxing day, why not make it a Christmas to remember.
If you are looking to visit the King George VI Chase search a wide choice of houses, flats, B&B’s, spare rooms and other private rentals near Kempton Park. If you chose to stay close or elsewhere in Surrey, there will be a local bus service to help you arrive at the races. Check our accommodation in Surrey.
Stay for more horse racing at Kempton Park, or Sandown Park Racecourse is also nearby. You may find a bargain if you visit Sunbury Antiques Market. The famous Hampton Court Palace is a short journey, with a hedge maze and Tudor palace to keep all the family entertained.
For information about Kempton Park, including: Events and tickets, the 32Red Winter Festival and King George VI Chase, packages and promotions, planning your race day, visitor information and more, visit the official website.
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