William Hill Winter Festival
26th - 27th December 2010
The William Hill Winter Festival is also known as the King George VI Chase Meeting and is scheduled annually on Boxing Day. The Festival takes place at Kempton Park Racecourse in scenic Sunbury. Although there are plenty of great jump races going on at Winter Festival day, there are two stand outs. The Christmas Hurdle and, naturally, the King George VI Chase.
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King George VI Chase
Beginning in 1937, the King George VI Chase has fast become one of the most popular events held at Kempton Park. The race was originally run in February for its first two years, but after the Second World War it was shifted to Boxing Day. The Grade 1 National Hunt chase was originally televised in 1949, and has since seen the likes of Desert Orchid, See More Business, and most recently Kauto Star lay claim to its title.
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The Christmas Hurdle is a Grade 1 event open to horses aged four and over. It is run over a distance of two miles and features eight hurdles to be negotiated by the contenders.
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Desert Orchid Chase
This Grade 2 National Hunt chase takes place on the second day of the Kempton Park Winter Festival. Run over 2 miles and boasting 12 fences to jump, the Desert Orchid Chase has become a popular festival event. The race was first held in 2006, and was named after the 4 time King George VI Chase-winning gelding, Desert Orchid. With only three races held so far, Voy Por Ustedes is the most successful horse, with two wins from three.
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Kempton Park Racecourse
Kempton Park Racecourse is one of the easiest racecourse for many English race goers to visit, as it is located only 16 miles from London's city centre. Staging both flat races and National Hunt fixtures, Kempton Park Racecourse has a 10 furlong oval Polytrack synthetic dirt all-weather track, and a triangular 1 mile 5 furlongs chase track that is mostly flat.
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