Christmas Festival

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Find out about Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival, a highlight of national hunt jump racing over two days from December 26th to 27th.

The standout event, the King George IV Chase Day, is renowned as one of the season’s best steeplechases.

Featuring twelve superb races, this festival is a top pick for race-goers during the holiday season. Thousands gather for a perfect mix of sporting excitement and festive merriment.

Our Kempton Christmas Festival guide provides the latest betting tips, information, and odds for these two days of national hunt horse racing. Join us in exploring the magic of this popular festival, where racing enthusiasts and families come together for an unforgettable holiday experience.

Learn more about the Kempton Christmas Festival.

King George VI Chase Day

The first day of the Kempton Park Winter Festival – one of the most popular national hunt racing festivals in the year – is on Boxing Day.

The iconic races on Boxing Day include:

  • 12:45 2m4½f (2m4f110y) Ladbrokes Boost Your Odds On Racing Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (Class 3) (4yo+ 0-135)
  • 1.20pm 3m Ladbrokes Kauto Star Novices’ Chase (In Memory Of Nigel Clark) (Grade 1) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (4yo+)
  • 1:55 2m (Winter) Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (4yo+)
  • 2:30 3m Ladbrokes King George VI Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (4yo+)
  • 3:05 2m (Winter) To Win Free Music Tickets Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) (Class 2) (4yo+)
  • 3:40 2m5f (Winter) Ladbrokes Get Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) (3yo+ 0-140)
Christmas Festival

Desert Orchid Chase Day

The second day of the Kempton Park Winter Festival is on 27th of December 2024.

Day two of the Festival is the Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase Day, named after the charismatic grey (nicknamed Dessie) who made Kempton Park his own.

The iconic races on 27th December 2024 include:

  • 12.45pm – 2m (Winter) Ladbrokes Boost Your Odds On Racing Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) (3yo+ 0-140)
  • 1.20pm 2m (Winter) To Win Free Music Tickets “Introductory” Juvenile Hurdle (GBB Race) (Class 2) (3yo)
  • 1.55pm 2m (Winter) To Win Free Music Tickets “Introductory” Juvenile Hurdle (GBB Race) (Class 2) (3yo)
  • 2.3pm 2m Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Handicap Chase (Grade 2) (Limited Handicap Chase) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (4yo+)
  • 3.09pm 3m Ladbrokes Get Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (Class 2) (4yo+ 0-145)
  • 3.40pm 3m½f (3m121y) (Winter) Ladbrokes Fanzone Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) (Class 2) (4yo+)

Popular Questions

What time is first race at Kempton Boxing Day?

The time of the first race at Kempton Park on Boxing Day 2024 is 12:40 pm.

The 12:40 first race at Kempton Park starts the 2 days iconic Christmas Festival.

Summary of the Kempton Christmas Racing Festival

The 2024 Kempton Winter Festival holds some of the most significant Grade 1 races in the jump racing calendar, including the King George IV Chase, The Kauto Star Novices Chase and The Christmas Hurdle.

The meeting is one of the best racing meetings of the entire season, in terms of quality of racing, and just as a great day out with friends and family.

Definitely worth a visit!

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