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Kempton Park Racecourse

Published on: 20/11/2016

Kempton Park Racecourse features a synthetic polytrack which makes it ideal for all-weather, jump and flat racing. The track itself covers a distance of eight furlongs on the inner bend and ten furlongs on the outer bend. The King George VI Chase is hosted at the racecourse every year on Boxing Day and the venue’s most important National Hunt event. Kempton Park Racecourse is located on the boarder of greater London in the Spelthorne area of Surrey. The Kempton Park railway station allows for easy access specifically with race goers in mind.

Kempton Park Racecourse was founded by businessman S.H. Hyde in 1878. In 1889, a Royal Box was built especially for visits from the Prince of Wales. Throughout its history, Kempton Park Racecourse has experienced many difficulties. In World War I, the venue became a transit depot for military vehicles which led to its races being either moved to other tracks such as Sandown, Hurst Park or Gatwick, or being cancelled altogether. Racing at Kempton Park started again in 1919. However, in 1932, a disastrous fire resulted in considerable damage to its facilities.

In 1937, the creation of the three-mile King George VI Chase brought optimism to the circuit but sadly, the event was only a couple of times before being put on hold. Further difficulties arose in World War II when the racecourse was converted into a temporary prisoner of war camp. Following this, Kempton Park Racecourse was in such bad repair that racing activity could not be organised again until 1947, when extensive restoration works were carried out. Over the years, Kempton Park Racecourse racing calendar gained many Grade 1 National Hunt events fixtures such as the inauguration of the Feltham Novices Chase and the Christmas Hurdle. Flat racing events were also added including the Sirenia Stakes and the September Stakes, both of which fell into Group 3 category.

In 2005, Kempton Park Racecourse was closed for nearly one year whilst major works to improve the facilities took place. Today, the venue features offers year-round racing activity thanks to its floodlit state-of-the-art poly track which is England’s only right-handed all weather course.

Horse racing enthusiasts can enjoy 12 months of fixtures at Kempton Park Racecourse. Numerous events are scheduled in January, the National Hunt races can be enjoyed until the end of April, at which point the flat racing is hosted until October. Thereafter, there is the two-day highlight, the William Hill Festival, plus Ladies Day to name just a few.

There are various packages and promotions available at reasonable prices as well as student discounts. A selection of private boxes are available, suitable for groups of 20 guests up to 80 guests and all of the boxes boast spectacular views over the racecourse. The Panoramic Bar & Restaurant serves a full a la carte menu, whilst other food outlets include the Trattoria Pizzeria and a fish and chip shop. Then establishment also offers its services for a range of other events including weddings, parties, live music concerts, shows, conferences and business meetings. Large outdoor markets and antique fairs also take place at regular intervals. Kempton Park offers free parking and has plenty of space, both indoor and outdoor, making it the ideal location for a multitude of activities.

Published on: 20/11/2016 © Bet Bind
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