About Kempton Park Racecourse
Kempton Park Racecourse is a racecourse located in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey. It’s on the border of Greater London and only 15miles from central London. This makes it the closest racecourse to London, which means it’s packed every single race day.
If you’re not local, Kempton Park Racecourse is one of the best racecourses you can travel to. Having London on your doorstep opens up a world of possibilities. So when the racing’s done here, you don’t have to be!
The first official race took place at Kempton Park Racecourse in July 1878. However, due to world wars and fires, this course has been upgraded many times. Its latest upgrade came in 2006 when it upgraded to an all-weather Polytrack track.
There are two courses at Kempton Park Racecourse, however. The Flat racing all-weather track and the Jump racing grass track. Their all-weather track is flat, oval-shaped and has two loops. The jump track is triangular with relatively low fences.
Kempton Park Racecourse features 21 notable races each season. These are spread out too, so there’s something on at most times of the year!
The biggest day of the year at Kempton Park Racecourse, however, is boxing day. This is when its biggest race meet happens, which features three prominent Grade 1 races.
The three races are the King George VI Chase, the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase, and the Christmas hurdle!
The first two are Chase races with a distance of three miles. However, the final one is a Hurdle lasting two miles. It’s the King George race that’s the biggest of these though. This race comes with a purse of £204k, with other 100k going to the winner!
Overall there’s just never a bad time to attend this venue. It’s busy all year round, and you have London on your doorstep when it’s over!