Kempton Park Racecourse

Welcome to our official guide to Kempton Park Racecourse.

We explore this great jump and all-weather flat racing racecourse in detail, looking at its rich and long history, a guide to both of the tracks, hotel picks, fixtures, travel information, betting guides and even the weather.

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Overview of Kempton Racecourse

Kempton Park lies just 16 miles from central London. This proximity to the capital along with its picturesque setting of grassland, woodland and two beautiful lakes, makes Kempton a well-attended and well-enjoyed venue by many.

Kempton Park Racecourse hosts both National Hunt jump racing and flat all-weather racing across two tracks.

The jumps course is a triangular track of one mile five furlongs, with a 220-yard run-in. It hosts many great meetings throughout the year with the biggest its fantastic Boxing Day event.

The flat all-weather racing takes place on a fairly new track (constructed in 2006) that is right-handed and measures eight or ten furlongs, depending on the race and whether the inner or outer curve is used. The all-weather course is floodlit and surfaced with Polytrack, which can only be found on two other British racecourses – Chelmsford City and Lingfield Park.

Kempton is widely considered one of the best-designed courses in the UK.

Despite this, the Jockey Club (the current owners of the site) announced back in 2017 that Kempton was due to close by 2021 and as such, would cease to be used for horseracing. The company intended to sell the site to property developers for homebuilding and confirmed that any profit made from the sale (estimated to be about £100m) would be put into the Jockey Club’s planned £500m investment programme, to be spent on projects such as the development of Sandown Park Racecourse and a new all-weather track to be installed at Newmarket. The local council of Kempton were not supportive of the plans initially, and racing fans and firms rallied to lodge petitions and crowdfund their opposition support. All seems to have gone quiet on the closure front for now, but it seems certain that a public decision and declaration will be made soon – not least because it’s due to close by the end of next year!

Kempton Park Racecourse History

Kempton Park Racecourse was born from an idea by investor Samuel H Hyde who stumbled upon Kempton Park and Manor in 1872 and saw it was for sale.

Some six years later, he had leased the grounds and built the racecourse.

The site is noted in the Domesday Book along with the manor, although today, no buildings of the house still exist (although there are some Victorian gateposts still in place).

In 1889, the course was notified that the Prince of Wales would be attending some upcoming races. In just 21 days, Kempton Park constructed a fully functioning Royal Box – a timeframe still considered impressive today!

Kempton was an invaluable resource to the British forces during World War I, being requisitioned for the war effort and used as a transport depot for military vehicles. As a result, the ground was not left suitable for racing to resume immediately after the war, so races continued while it was fixed at Gatwick, Hurst Park and Sandown.

Since then, Kempton has continued to flourish and remains an important venue in British horseracing.

The current grandstand was completed in 1997, and the all-weather track installed in 2006.

Main Races and Events at Kempton

Kempton Park has a jam-packed schedule annually, but there are three standout races that attract more attention and attendees than others – and all are around the Christmas period.

The King George IV steeplechase is a National Hunt race held every Boxing Day (and famously won by Kauto Star on multiple occasions, as well as Desert Orchid), it is a Grade 1 event run over three miles and eighteen fences. The King George vi Chase is one of the most prestigious in the national hunt calendar.

The same day sees the Kauto Star Novices Chase run, a race that was the first Grade 1 race to be won by a female jockey in the UK, when Lizzie Kelly took home first place with horse Tea For Two it is always one of the hottest novices chases of the whole year.

The third most popular event at Kempton is held on the 27th of December, the Desert Orchid Chase, a Grade 2 race run over two miles and twelve jumps.

Kempton Racecourse Map

Below are the Kempton Racecourse maps.

Kempton Racecourse  Jumps Track

Below is a map of Kempton’s jumps course.

Kempton Jumps Track
Courtesy of At The Races.

Kempton chase and hurdle course are right-handed, triangular and flat.

It is a fair course and suits most horses.

The fences are known to be relatively easy fences.

Although the bends are tight it can suit galloping types as well as the more speedy horses.

Kempton All Weather Track

Below is a map of Kempton’s AW track:

Kempton AW Track
Courtesy of At The Races.

Kempton’s all-weather flat racing track is Polytrack.

It is a flat, oval-shaped track with two loops.

The inner track is used for races over five, nine and ten furlongs and it has two furlongs home straight – this tends to suit more handy types.

The home bend on the outer course is more sweeping and the straight is longer – almost three furlongs.

Over both five and six-furlong races, there is a relatively short run to the first bend.

Kempton Park Racecourse Address

The official address of Kempton Park Racecourse is:

Kempton Park Racecourse
Staines Road East
Shepperton
Sunbury-on-Thames
TW16 5AQ

How To Get To Kempton Park

The way to get to Kempton Park races are:

  • Car – can be found on the A308 between Sunbury-on-Thames and Hampton Court, less than a mile from Junction 1 of the M3. Limited free parking is available but once it fills, you can expect to pay around £5 for a space. The info for your sat nav is Staines Road, East Middlesex, TW16  5AQ
  • Train – the easiest way to get to Kempton Park Racecourse is by train because the course has an on-site railway station! Kempton Park Station is 200yds from the course’s north entrance, and trains run every half hour from London Waterloo.
  • Bus – coaches and shuttle buses run from the nearby BP site, 10 minutes away, on major event days.

Hotels Near Kempton Park Racecourse

Most racegoers choose to stay in London when attending Kempton Park but if you’d prefer to be closer to the action, there are still options available.

Nearby Sunbury-on-Thames is home to the budget M3-side Travelodge Sunbury (rooms from £19!), the town centre has the Premier Inn Sunbury and also the reasonable home-style Aidos Heathcroft House.

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Best Kempton Betting Sites

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Betting Shops Local to Kempton Park

Independent bookies can be found down by the track, and there are standard betting kiosks and Tote facilities available in all enclosures at Kempton for those who love a Placepot, Quadpot, Tote Jackpot and Trifecta.

Nearby Sunbury-on-Thames itself isn’t big enough to warrant many bookmakers in the town centre, but you will find a branch your nearest William Hill and a Ladbrokes bookies here.

Surrounding residential areas also have some local betting shops, including a Coral bookies, another William Hill betting shop and a Bet 2 Net.

Kempton Park Fixtures

The current Kempton all-weather race meetings for 2021 are:

  • Wednesday 2 June – Evening Flat
  • Wednesday 9 June – Evening Flat Racing
  • Wednesday 23 June – Evening Flat
  • Wednesday 30 June – Evening Flat Racing
  • Wednesday 7 July – Evening
  • Monday 2 August – Afternoon Flat Racing
  • Wednesday 4 August – Evening Flat
  • Wednesday 11 August – Evening Racing
  • Tuesday 17 August – Afternoon Flat
  • Wednesday 18 August – Evening
  • Friday 25 August – Evening Flat Racing
  • Friday 3 September – Evening Flat Racing
  • Saturday 4 September – September Stakes Day
  • Monday 13 September – Floodlit Flat Racing
  • Wednesday 29 September – Floodlit Flat
  • Monday 11 October – Floodlit Flat
  • Tuesday 19 October – Floodlit Flat Racing
  • Monday 1 November – Afternoon Flat
  • Monday 29 November – Afternoon Flat Racing

The current Kempton Park jumps fixtures are below:

  • Sun Oct 17 2021 – Afternoon – Jump
  • Mon Nov 8 2021 – Afternoon – Jump
  • Mon Nov 22 2021 – Afternoon – Jump
  • Sun Dec 26 2021 – Afternoon – Jump
  • Mon Dec 27 2021 – Afternoon – Jump

Kempton Park Weather

Punters and race-goers love to keep up with the weather to predict going conditions, as well as making sure what they wear is suitable.

Here’s the current weather forecast for Kempton (nearest town is Sunbury on Thames):
SUNBURY-ON-THAMES WEATHER

Other Events Held at The Track

Racing takes place at Kempton Park Raceourse almost every month of the year, but there are lots of other things going on at the course too.

A local produce market is held weekly, as well as a bi-weekly antiques fair and seasonal occurrences of wedding fairs and other exhibitions.

The conferencing and exhibition centre at Kempton is licensed and often fully booked as it’s considered a great ‘get-away’ from London for business purposes.

Kempton Races

Popular Questions

🏇 What surface is Kempton Park?

Kempton Park’s all-weather track is a Polytrack surface.

🏇 Is Kempton on At The Races?

Yes, Kempton is on At The Races.

It is also sometimes broadcast on Racing TV and major races by ITV – such as the King George and Boxing Day event.

🏇 What do you wear to Kempton races?

There is no strict dress code for Kempton Races but smart casual is advised. You are asked to avoid wearing ripped denim, flip flops and sportswear.

🏇 What is the address of Kempton Racecourse?

The official address of Kempton Racecourse is:

Kempton Racecourse
Staines Road East
Shepperton
Middlesex
TW16 5AQ

Kempton Park Racecourse Summary

Kempton Park is one of the busiest racecourses in the UK with all-weather racing taking place all year round.

However, Kempton will always be most well-known for its national hunt and particularly as the home of the King George VI Chase held every year on Boxing Day – a race won by racing legends such as Kauto Star and Desert Orchid.

Kempton is a splendid course, 16 miles outside London, with a great atmosphere and customer service. It is owned by The Jockey Club.

Whether you are attending for jumps or flat, you are assured of a great day out.

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