WhichBookie racing analyst Andrew Blair White provides a preview and betting tips for races at Limerick on Friday 27th May.
Kempton Park is a popular racecourse that is located in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, just 16 miles from the centre of London. It’s a picturesque racecourse, having two lakes and 210 acres of grassland & woods surrounding it and is very popular with spectators all throughout the year.
Kempton Park has two courses, one floodlit all-weather track and one turfed jumps course.
The National Hunt course is a right-handed triangular circuit that is relatively flat and around 1 mile and 5 furlongs in distance. It’s host to some of the biggest races at Kempton Park throughout the year including the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.
Opening in 2006, the Kempton all-weather track is used for flat races from March through to November. It is a right-handed oval-shaped floodlit course that depending on whether the inner or outer bend is used, is either 8 or 10 furlongs.
The surface is Polytrack which is similar to Tapeta and one of the most popular all-weather racing surfaces that is relatively fast and fair to horses.
Kempton Park hosts racedays all throughout the year with some very notable races taking place.
The National Hunt King George VI Chase is perhaps the biggest and most prestigious and takes place on Boxing Day each year. The Grade 1 race is run over 3 miles with 18 fences to be jumped and has been won five times by Kauto Star and four times by Desert Orchid.
The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase is another popular race and takes place on the same day as the King George. In 2015, Lizzie Kelly became the first female jockey to win a Grade 1 race when competing in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase with Tea For Two.
Another race to be named after a winner of the King George is the Desert Orchid Chase which takes place on December 27th. The Grade 2 race features 12 jumps and is run over 2 miles.
|January||Lanzarote Hurdle||Hurdle||Handicap||2m 5f||4yo +|
|January||Silviniaco Conti Chase||Chase||Grade 2||2m 4f 110y||5yo +|
|February||Close Brothers Handicap Chase||Chase||Grade 3||3m||5yo +|
|February||Adonis Juvenile Novices' Hurdle||Hurdle||Grade 2||2m||4yo only|
|February||Pendil Novices' Chase||Chase||Grade 2||2m 4f 110y||5yo +|
|February||Dovecote Novices' Hurdle||Hurdle||Grade 2||2m||4yo +|
|Mar / Apr||Magnolia Stakes||A W Flat||Listed||1m 2f||4yo +|
|Mar / Apr||Rosebery Stakes||A W Flat||Handicap||1m 3f||4yo +|
|Mar / Apr||Easter Stakes||A W Flat||Conditions||1m||3yo only|
|April||Snowdrop Fillies' Stakes||A W Flat||Conditions||1m||4yo+ f|
|September||Sirenia Stakes||A W Flat||Group 3||6f||2yo only|
|September||September Stakes||A W Flat||Group 3||1m 4f||3yo +|
|October||Matchbook Betting Exchange Novices' Hurdle||Hurdle||Listed||2m||4yo +|
|October||Matchbook VIP Hurdle||Hurdle||Listed||2m||4yo +|
|November||Floodlit Stakes||A W Flat||Listed||1m 4f||3yo +|
|November||Kempton Mares' Hurdle||Hurdle||Listed||3m 110y||4yo + m|
|December||King George VI Chase||Chase||Grade 1||3m||4yo +|
|December||Kauto Star Novices' Chase||Chase||Grade 1||3m||4yo +|
|December||Christmas Hurdle||Hurdle||Grade 1||2m||4yo +|
|December||Wayward Lad Novices' Chase||Chase||Grade 2||2m||4yo +|
|December||Desert Orchid Chase||Chase||Grade 2||2m||4yo +|
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|Address||Staines Rd E, Shepperton, Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 5AQ|
|Nearest Train Station||Kempton Park|
|Nearest Airport||London Heathrow (LHR)|