King George VI Chase

The King George VI Chase is the most anticipated event of the William Hill Winter Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse. It is run over three miles and involves no less than eighteen fences, making it one of the toughest steeple chases of the season. In fact, the King George VI Chase is the second most prestigious race of its kind, outdone only by the legendary Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The race is open to horses aged four and over. The prize money amounts to a total purse of £200,000.

Originally the King George VI Stakes was run in February, having had its inaugural race in February 1937, in honour of the new monarch. However, the race only enjoyed two seasons before racing was suspended during WWII. When the race resurfaced in 1947 the new race date was set on Boxing Day.

In the last four years the event has been dominated by the phenomenal Kauto Star, two times winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, who has won the King George VI Chase four consecutive years. All four wins were under the direction of the equally legendary Ruby Walsh, one of the finest jump racing jockeys of our time.

Recent Winners of the King George VI Chase:

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer

2009

Kauto Star

9

Ruby Walsh

Paul Nicholls

2008

Kauto Star

8

Ruby Walsh

Paul Nicholls

2007

Kauto Star

7

Ruby Walsh

Paul Nicholls

2006

Kauto Star

6

Ruby Walsh

Paul Nicholls

2005

Kicking King

7

Barry Geraghty

Tom Taaffe

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