🏇 They’re under starters orders at Kempton Park Racecourse for their first National Hunt fixture of the year and the ever-popular Lanzarote Hurdle Day. Tickets are on sale.
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With the 2022 jumps season in full flow all roads this lead to Kempton Park this afternoon. The historic racecourse in Surrey, just 16 miles from central London, hosts a seven-race card with the first race on Lanzarote Hurdle Day due off at 12.20pm.
At 2.05pm all eyes will be on the Coral Silviniaco Conti Steeple Chase, a Grade 2 race over fences with £80,000 in prize money at stake. Champion trainer Paul Nicholls is looking to complete a hat-trick of wins after Master Tommytucker, ridden by Harry Cobden, won in 2021 to follow up Frodon’s success in 2020 with Bryony Frost on board.
The Silviniaco Conti Steeple Chase is followed at 2.40pm by the feature race of the day, the listed Coral Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle raced over two miles and five furlongs open to horse aged four years and older and with a £100,000 prize pot. First run in 1978 the race is named after the racehorse Lanzarote who won the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival in 1974. Last year’s winner was Boreham Bill 9 ridden by Ben Jones and trained by Emma Lavelle.
🗝️ Gates open: 10.50am.
🏇 First race: 12.20pm.
🏇 Last race: 3.50pm.
🎟️ Tickets in advance for the Lanzarote Hurdle Day are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
🚊🚗 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.