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You’ll find Kempton Park racecourse in Surrey just 16 miles from the centre of London, near to Sunbury-on-Thames as well as Hampton Court. With its own railway station on its doorstep, Kempton is easy to get to both by car approaching from the west of the city on the M3 and by train and bus from Central London.
Kempton Racing Tips
The chase course at Kempton Park is right-handed. It is amongst the flattest jumping courses in the UK. Kempton’s flat track is an all-weather floodlit polytrack with two loops and holds regular meetings. It is, in fact, the only right-handed all-weather course in the UK having changed from turf flat racing back in 2005.
The outer circuit offers a run in just short of three furlongs while the inner circuit provides for five, nine and ten furlong races with a run in of less than two furlongs. When you are thinking about your Kempton tips, keep an eye out for the races on the inner circuit, where horses with a low draw over five furlongs have a distinct advantage while horses drawn high stand a chance of going into the right-hand turn three wide with more distance to cover.
Kempton Horse Racing History
Kempton Racecourse has been around since 1878, having been developed by businessman S H Hyde in the grounds of Kempton Manor and Park. The manor house no longer exists, but the racecourse has been in use ever since, with the exception of both World Wars when the grounds were used by the military in a number of ways, including as a Prisoner of War camp. A fire gutted the Grandstand in 1932 forcing a rebuild, although the current Grandstand was again rebuilt in 1997 as part of the development of Kempton.
There were heavily divisive plans to sell Kempton Park for housing in 2017 for the sum of £100 million. This would have forced races to be relocated to Sandown and other courses in the area. However, the racing community won the day, with the local authority conceding that Kempton’s value as part of the green belt of the area was enough of a factor to not move forward with redevelopment at that time.
King George VI Chase
Kempton I famous for the prestigious King George VI Chase, held every year on Boxing Day. The Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase with eighteen jumps over a three mile distance. The first King George VI Chase was run in 1937 when the new George, father to Queen Elizabeth II, had just taken the throne.
This high class highlight of the racing year carries one of the most prominent rewards of National Hunt racing, with a prize money of more than £200,000. Known simply as the King George, this race is generally seen as a precursor to the Cheltenham Gold Cup which is held three months later.
Celebrated King George horses include four time winner Desert Orchid, who is commemorated with a statue in the grounds, and Kauto Star who won the race a record five times. The oldest winner of the King George VI Chase was the first horse to ever run, in 1937, Southern Hero.
Kempton has one of the most eventful fixture lists in the UK. Aside from the renowned King George VI Chase, Kempton hosts a Christmas offering that includes other notable races such as the Kauto Star Novice’s Chase, the Christmas Hurdle, the Wayward Lad’s Novices Chase and the Desert Orchid Chase, all taking place on the 26th and 27th of December. There are a large number of other significant races throughout the year, in particular the BetBright Chase for fillies and mares aged five years and upwards in February.
Kempton Famous Races & Racehorses
The prestigious races at Kempton have seen many high profile winners over the years. The King George VI Chase has attracted some of the most successful steeplechasers in racing memory. Many races are now named for these winners, including Wayward Lad, who won the King George three times in the space of 4 years, in 1982, 1983 and 1985. Desert Orchid followed in Wayward Lad’s place in 1986, going on to win the King George a total of four times by 1990. He held that record for over one and a half decades until Kauto Star broke the record by winning a remarkable five times between 2006 and 2011.
The Christmas Hurdle has seen some great Champion Hurdlers, with seven horses that have won the Christmas Hurdle twice. These include Kribensis who in 1989 took the record for winning the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, Christmas Hurdle and Champion Hurdle in one season. Binocular and Faugheen also sport two Christmas Hurdle wins each. Top trainer, Nicky Henderson, dominates the Christmas Hurdle with an impressive seven wins.
The Kauto Star Novice’s Chase has seen Gold Cup winners, including Long Run and Coneygree. Lizzie Kelly shone aboard Tea For Two in 2015 in the Kauto Star Novice’s Chase when she became the first female jockey to win a British Grade 1 Chase.
Kempton Betting Tips
The top trainers at Kempton Park are the ones to look out for. You will find Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls leading the way at jumps meetings. Nicky Henderson has caught the attention in the last few seasons, boasting an imposing 36% strike-rate over fences. Hurdlers have benefited from Alan King and his achievements. For the larger obstacles, Colin Tizzard is the one to follow.
Notable jockeys at Kempton Park include Barry Geraghty, who enjoyed his 1000th win at Kempton on Duc De Regniere, trained by Nicky Henderson, as well as Nico de Boinville, an English jockey with great form at Kempton.
For flat races, look out for James Doyle who has a great record with a level stakes profit. John Gosden also does well at Kempton and for juveniles, keep an eye out for Charlie Appleby. As you would expect, Luke Morris and Adam Kirby also boast some impressive statistics here.