The Kempton Park racecourse
This is a track located in Sunbury-on-Thames, in Surrey; that is near Charing Cross in London.
The site of the course has an area of 210 acres, with two lakes located in the centre.
The race is the venue for National Hunt races, with fences, and also flat races. On the Kempton Park course, the King George VI Chase is held on 26 December, Boxing Day, and the Feltham Novices Chase, also on 26 December, as part of the Kempton Winter Festival. Both are Grade 1 races. On the next day of the Festival, the Desert Orchid race takes place; it is a Grade 2 race.
There is an all weather course for flat races, with the shape of a right handed oval, and for jumps racing, the triangular circuit with a distance of one mile and 5 furlongs is used. The all weather flat course opened in 2006 is floodlit, so it can be the venue for late night races as well, throughout the year.
Besides the Winter Festival in December, the Kempton Park course is also the venue for races in March and April: the Magnolia Stakes and the Rosebery Stakes, as well as in February: the Betbright Chase, the Adonis Juvenile Novices' Hurdle, and the Dovecote Novices' Hurdle.
The building project which could lead to the closure of the Kempton Park course
There is a project for building 3,000 homes on the site, and the races will be most likely moved to Newmarket, where a new all weather course is planned to be built. The King George VI Chase could be moved to Sandown, which is 6 miles away from Kempton Park.
But the races are planned to continue on the Kempton Park course until 2021 at least. The raising of the necessary amount from the sale, £ 100 million, should be achieved, and the new all weather course should be approved.
The Kempton Winter Festival
The new name of the event is the 32Red Winter Festival, after its new sponsor, the British online casino company 32Red.
The festival comprises 26 December, Boxing Day, and the next day, 27 December.
During the festival, three races of Grade 1, and two races of Grade 2 are run. The prime race, the limelight of the event, is the King George VI Chase.
The Kempton Winter Festival schedule
- 26 December
The King George VI Chase, Grade 1
The Kauto Star Novices' Chase, Grade 1
The Christmas Hurdle, Grade 1
- 27 December
The Wayward Lad Novices' Chase, Grade 2
The Desert Orchid Race, Grade 2
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The King George VI Chase
This race, of Grade 1, under the National Hunt, is for horses of 4 or more years of age. The distance run is 3 miles, with 18 fences to be jumped, and the track is right handed. !!! Previously that was a handicap race. Now it is the second most prominent chase in England, after the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The Kauto Star Novices' Chase
That Grade 1 race, under the National Hunt, is for horses of 4 or more years of age, and the distance run is 3 miles, with 18 fences to be jumped. As the name indicates, it is a chase dedicated to novices.
The former name of the chase was the Feltham Novices' Chase. Kauto Star is the name of a horse which won the King George VI Chase five times.
The Christmas Hurdle
This Grade 1 race, under the National Hunt, is for horses of 4 or more years old. The distance run is 2 miles, with 8 hurdles to be jumped; the track is right handed. That is the race representing the second leg of the Triple Crown of Hurdling.
The Wayward Lad Novices' Chase
That Grade 2 race, under the National Hunt, is a steeplechase for horses of 4 or more years of age. The distance run is 2 miles, with 12 fences to be jumped. The name shows it is another race for novices in the frames of the Winter Festival at Kempton Park.
Wayward Lad is the name of another famous winner in the King George VI Chase. The current sponsor of the race is 32Red, after William Hill sponsored it from 2009 to 2015.
The Desert Orchid Chase
Being of Grade 2, and also under the National Hunt, this chase is for horses of 4 or more years of age. The distance run at Kempton Park is 2 miles, with 12 fences to be jumped.
Desert Orchid is the name of yet another famous racehorse, who died shortly before the first running of the race. Desert Orchit won the King George VI Chase four times.
Online betting on the Kempton Park Winter Festival races
For all of the races run on 26 and 27 December, you can combine your excitement during the watching with online betting, taking advantage of the odds and opportunities which are provided by online bookies.
Best odds guaranteed betting
The odds are offered for the all weather races, and, too, for the jumps races. Avail yourself of the best odds guaranteed offers, and you will get the best prices, no matter what the starting price is. With the best odds guaranteed you can place your bet, taking the price offered at the time of the betting. But if the starting price proves to be better, your bet will be settled at the better price.
But before you place the bet, please check the terms and conditions, because there will be some bet types to which the best odds guaranteed offer will not apply. Ante post bets are usually one of the types excluded from best odds guaranteed offers.
Ante post betting
Ante post betting is placing your bet prior to the start of the race; so that means you have the period until Christmas Day, December 25.
Finding attractive offers of ante post betting is certain with 32Red, the sponsor of the festival.
Free bets on the festival
Online bookies have plenty of palatable offers, for punters who will register at their sites, so if you are one that intends to register, check the offers of free bets; you can find more than one offer and open accounts with several online bookies.