Christmas Festival Kempton Park

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Horse Racing

Christmas Festival at Kempton Park ~ Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 December

πŸ‡ 2022 draws to a close with the Ladbrokes Christmas Festival at Kempton Park and a two-day jumps extravanza.  Tickets are on general sale.

The Christmas Festival is the jewel in Kempton Park’s crown.  Boasting 12 top quality races over two days, it’s a mid-season jump racing event not to be missed at Kempton’s historic racecourse in Surrey just 16 miles from central London.  

Day one focuses on the race that underpins the entire festival – The King George VI Steeple Chase.  The Grade 1 race first ran in 1937 and was named after the newly crowned king.  It was won that year by Southern Hero who, to date, remains the oldest winner of the race at 12 years old. 

The King George VI Chase race draws incredible talent as horses, jockeys and trainers compete to leave a permanent mark in racing history and claim one its most prestigious prizes.  The race 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; not to mention equine legends Desert Orchid and Kauto Star who each have a statue in their memory at the course. 

In 2021 Tornado Flyer ridden by Danny Mullins caused the biggest shock in the 84-year history of the race, finishing nine lengths clear of Clan Des Obeaux to win at odds of 28-1.  What price history repeating itself in 2022?  Expect another stellar line-up for the latest edition of this famous race.  Runners and riders will appear here when confirmed.

Day two is 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. 

Day 1 ~ 26 December ~ King George VI Chase Day timings

Approximate timings, subject to change closer to raceday.

πŸ—οΈ Gates open: 10.00am.

πŸ‡ First race: 12.45pm.

πŸ‡ King George VI Chase: 3.05pm.

πŸ‡ Last race: 3.40pm. 

Day 2 ~ 27 December ~ Desert Orchid Chase Day timings

Approximate timings, subject to change closer to raceday.

πŸ—οΈ Gates open: 10.30am.

πŸ‡ First race: 12.45pm.

πŸ‡ The Desert Orchid Chase: 2.30pm.

πŸ‡ Last race: 3.40pm. 

🎟️ Tickets in advance for the Christmas Festival at Kempton Park are available via the Get Tickets’ link.

πŸšŠπŸš— Travel tips: Kempton Park Racecourse is located just 16 miles from the city and 6 miles from Heathrow Airport.  It is easily accessible by both rail and car.  Kempton Park station is a 2 minute walk from the North Entrance and a 45 minute train journey from London Waterloo.  If arriving by car for the Christmas Festival you can book parking in advance on-site at the same time as purchasing a ticket, but not places are selling fast.  There is also free parking in the centre of the course, accessible via Gate 6 on the A308 (Staines Road East). 

If parking here, please note course crossings close 30 minutes before racing starts and re-open 30 minutes after the last race.  There is also a free Park & Ride service from the BP site on Cadbury Road (TW16 7LN for your Sat Nav) which is approximately ten minutes from the racecourse, with buses running all morning and then re-commencing after the last race.

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