Imagine two perfect days of spectacular Jump racing action with some of the biggest stars of the sport and two great Christmas days out with friends and family and you have the William Hill Winter Festival at Kempton Park.
As the jewel in Kempton Park's crown, the William Hill Winter Festival takes place every year on the 26th & 27th December, with the famous King George VI Chase held on Boxing Day and two top quality days of Jump racing. The Roll of Honour reads like a “who’s who” of racing glitterati with the likes of Arkle, One Man, Best Mate and, of course, Kempton Park legend Desert Orchid all taking their place in King George history.
In recent years, racing superstar Kauto Star made the race his own by winning a record four consecutive titles. Young pretender Long Run dethroned the King in the rescheduled 2010 running but Kauto Star, ridden by Ruby Walsh, made a triumphant return in 2011 and reclaimed his crown in spectacular fashion. In 2012 Long Run regained hi crown for a second time. Who will be the new King of Kempton in 2013?
Over the course of the two day Festival, Kempton Park attracts around 30,000 excited racegoers streaming through the gates – if you haven’t ever visited over the festive season, you really should. The atmosphere is electric, and what better way to blow away those post-Christmas blues than by experiencing an exhilarating day of the best racing the country has to offer?