Kempton Races Today 2024 – Cards, Tips & Results at Kempton Park Races Today

This is our guide to all things relating to Kempton races today including cards, tips and results from all the action. This track has a prominent place on the Boxing Day schedule, one of the busiest days of the year for horse racing in the UK. Home to both National Hunt events like the King George VI Chase over jumps and All-Weather Flat racing, get the lowdown on races at Kempton today right here.

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Kempton races today

We have Victorian businessman S. H. Hyde to thank for Kempton Park races today. Six years after he leased the grounds of Kempton Manor, the seat of a feudal lord recorded in the Domesday Book, this excellent horse racing venue opened in Sunbury-on-Thames in 1878. This followed on from the first Sandown races, another Park track five miles northwest near Hampton Court Palace outside Esher, in 1875. That is the closest racecourse to Kempton.

The Greater London area became well-populated with tracks from the Georgian era onwards, starting the trend begun by Queen Anne with Ascot. Much like Sandown and Epsom races on the Downs 13 miles to the southeast, Kempton Park became a successful venue within easy reach of the metropolis.

Easter used to be its big fixture with historic races like the Roseberry Stakes and Queen’s Prize, which live on to this day, plus official Classic trials for the 1000 and 2000 Guineas. The growth of other tracks mean Kempton races today no longer include those in their programme. The jumps course for National Hunt events was added later.

Kempton Park Racecourse closed between 2005 and 2006 for the installation of a new polytrack All-Weather track surface, like they used to have at Wolverhampton races, which changed its Flat racing presence.. Floodlights were also added, so evening or twilight cards could be staged during the winter months as well as the jump races. There is horse racing here all year round, so it’s a busy track.

The Jockey Club Racecourses

Kempton Park is one of The Jockey Club Racecourses. There are 14 of these race tracks in England in total including other tracks close to Sunbury-on-Thames. Some are further afield, however, as far and wide from Greater London as Cumbria, Devon and East Anglia in different directions. Discover more about these tracks owned by The Jockey Club here:

Configuration of Kempton Park Races Today

The All-Weather course at Kempton has two loops to it. A right-handed, sharp track like the jumps circuit, the home straight isn’t even long enough for the shortest sprints. That means all Flat races at Kempton today go around a bend on synthetic surfaces. The inner loop is used for events over five furlongs and a mile-and-a-quarter off that shorter run-in, while contests of other distances use the outer loop.

Kempton Park’s National Hunt horse racing track, meanwhile, is triangular in shape rather than an oval. One of the flattest jumping tracks in Britain, a complete circuit is about a mile and five furlongs. There are six obstacles on the hurdles track, two each down the side of the course, in the back straight and home straight. There’s a run-in of about a furlong from the final flight.

Steeplechasers at Kempton races today jump nine fences on a circuit, meanwhile. The last of two down the side of the course and third of four in the back straight are open ditches. There are three plains fences after turning for home on this flat track. The headline race, the King George VI Chase, starts just around the All-Weather bend following the winning post means every fence is taken twice.

Christmas Festival at Kempton

The major horse racing meeting of all Kempton races today happens immediately after Christmas across Boxing Day and the day after. Given the time of year when this two-day gala takes place, it’s called the Christmas Festival. Boxing Day itself is huge in the British horse racing calendar but all eyes are on Sunbury-on-Thames for the jumping showpiece that is the King George.

While that feature contest tests National Hunt thoroughbreds’ stamina, the 27 December races at Kempton today see a couple of 2m steeplechases as headline acts. These are the Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase and Desert Orchid Chase. The race status of the latter has changed from a conditions contest to a limited handicap from 2023 onwards. There is more on each day of the Christmas Festival below…

Kempton Races Boxing Day

The most important card at Kempton Park races today is on Boxing Day. This jumps fixture contains three Grade 1 races in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase that honours a prolific winner at the course, Christmas Hurdle and King George VI Chase. The latter is the middle leg of the Stayers Chase Triple Crown and biggest race held at the track. Horses that win the Betfair Chase at Haydock races can bid to follow-up at Kempton.

Although this is a very different test to Merseyside, that hasn’t dissuaded trainers from trying it. The third and final leg is the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the blue riband event of steeplechasing. Kempton races on Boxing Day are loaded with the best action on the opening day of a two-day meeting. These are the six traditional races on the card:

Kempton Park Boxing Day Races Class of Race Type of Race Race Distance
0-135 Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase Class 3 4yo+ Handicap Chase 2m 4½f
Kauto Star Novices’ Chase Grade 1 4yo+ Steeplechase 3m
Christmas Hurdle Grade 1 4yo+ Hurdle Race 2m
King George VI Chase Grade 1 4yo+ Steeplechase 3m
Maiden Hurdle Class 2 4yo+ Hurdle Race 2m
0-140 Handicap Hurdle Class 3 3yo+ Handicap Hurdle 2m 5f

Desert Orchid Chase Day

Beloved grey Desert Orchid was the most popular racehorse in training during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Until Kauto Star came along, he held the record for the most wins in the King George with four victories. A race honouring him headlines the 27 December card at Kempton races today, supported by the Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase.

That horse also knew what it took to win the King George VI Chase and punters will notice how the track likes nothing better than naming its graded events after past equine legends. While there is often more focus on Chepstow races on 27 December as the Welsh Grand National takes place on this day, the Kempton card can’t be ignored either. Here it is in full:

Desert Orchid Chase Day Races Class of Race Type of Race Race Distance
0-140 Handicap Hurdle Class 3 3yo+ Handicap Hurdle 2m
Introductory Juvenile Hurdle Class 2 3yo Hurdle Race 2m
Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase Grade 2 4yo+ Steeplechase 2m
Desert Orchid Chase (Limited Handicap) Grade 2 4yo+ Handicap Chase 2m
0-145 Handicap Chase Class 2 4yo+ Handicap Chase 3m
Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Class 2 4yo+ Handicap Hurdle 3m ½f

Other Key Meetings & Kempton Races Today Over Jumps

There are other important races at Kempton today in the National Hunt code with graded events aplenty during meetings in January and February. Many of these serve as trials for Cheltenham Festival hopefuls looking to throw their hats into the ring for major honours in March. Let’s take a look at each of these race days in turn:

Coral Lanzarote Hurdle Day

The second Saturday in January sees the card at Kempton Racecourse headlined by one of its big betting races, the Lanzarote Hurdle over 2m 5f. Supporting this is the Grade 2 Silviniaco Conti Chase named after another modern era King George hero. This is the card in full:

Coral Lanzarote Hurdle Day Races Class of Race Type of Race Race Distance
Play Coral Racing-Super-Series For Free Juvenile Hurdle Class 2 4yo Hurdle Race 2m
Coral Get Closer To The Action Novices’ Hurdle Class 3 5yo+ Hurdle Race 3m ½f
New Bet-In-Race With Coral Handicap Chase (0-145) Class 2 5yo+ Handicap Chase 3m
Coral Silviniaco Conti Chase Grade 2 5yo+ Steeplechase 2m 4½f
Coral Lanzarote Hurdle Class 2 4yo+ Handicap Hurdle 2m 5f
Coral Racing Club Join For Free Handicap Chase (0-140) Class 3 5yo+ Handicap Chase 2m 4½f
Coral Committed To Safer-Gambling Handicap Hurdle (0-140) Class 3 4yo+ Handicap Hurdle 2m

Coral Trophy Day

The last set of proper Festival trials take place here in late February with a juvenile hurdle, novice hurdle and novice chase that honours Pendil (a great steeplechaser of the 1970s) on the card of Kempton Park races today. These shape Cheltenham odds and no mistake. The big betting race, however, is the Coral Trophy – a Premier Handicap three-mile chase over the King George course and distance. Here are all the races you can expect to see at Kempton Park on this date:

Coral Trophy Day Races Class of Race Type of Race Race Distance
Coral Racing Club Handicap Hurdle (0-140) Class 3 4yo+ Handicap Hurdle 2m 5f
Adonis Juvenile Hurdle Grade 2 4yo Hurdle Race 3m
Pendil Novices’ Chase Grade 2 5yo+ Steeplechase 2m 4½f
Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle Grade 2 4yo+ Hurdle Race 2m
Coral Trophy Premier Handicap 5yo+ Handicap Chase 3m
Coral Bet Bundles Handicap Chase (0-150) Class 2 5yo+ Handicap Chase 2m 4½f
Coral Get Closer To The Action Open National Hunt Flat Race Class 3 4yo-6yo Bumper 2m

Other Kempton Races Today Over Jumps

There are two Listed events of the National Hunt code that happen at Kempton Park Racecourse in addition to the above that punters should be aware of. On the penultimate Sunday in October, early in the core part of the jumps season, there is a 2m hurdle race to give horses a starting point. The Kempton Mares’ Hurdle over an extended 3m, meanwhile, takes place in November.

All-Weather Flat Races at Kempton Today

Kempton Park retains some of its Flat racing fixtures and programme from its days as a turf course for the floodlit All-Weather track. The course hosts two of a handful of races run on an artificial surface to hold group status like Newcastle races today with a couple of events on its Northumberland Plate meeting. These Group 3s at Kempton are the September Stakes over a mile-and-a-half and Sirenia Stakes for two-year-olds.

Another All-Weather venue south of London, Lingfield Park races has this level of competition thanks to the Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes. By and large, the programme of Kempton races today are Listed events and lower grade with a couple of notable handicaps with considerable history in the Rosebery Handicap and Queen’s Prize. This is the best of the action as the busiest All-Weather tracks in the UK:

Virgin Bet Big Day Out

Depending on when Easter falls, the aforementioned Rosebery Handicap and Queen’s Prize form key supporting races to the Listed 1m Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes at the track in either late March or early April. Called the Virgin Bet Big Day Out, as they sponsor the entire card, this is all the action at Kempton Park races on this date:

Big Day Out Races Class of Race Type of Race Race Distance
Virgin Bet Restricted Novice Stakes Class 2 3yo-5yo AW Flat Race 6f
Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes Listed 4yo+ AW Flat Race 1m
Rosebery Handicap (0-105) Class 2 4yo+ AW Flat Handicap 1m 3f
Queen’s Prize Handicap (0-100) Class 2 4yo+ AW Flat Handicap 2m
Virgin Bet Daily Price Boosts EBF Fillies’ Conditions Stakes Class 2 3yo AW Flat Race 1m
Virgin Bet Best Odds Daily EBF Conditions Stakes Class 2 3yo AW Flat Race 1m
Virgin Bet Fives Handicap (London Sprint Series Qualifier) (0-95) Class 3 4yo+ AW Flat Handicap 6f

September Sizzler

While Easter used to be the most prestigious race day on the Flat at Kempton Park, that has changed since the turf track was replaced with an artificial surface. Their feature meeting is the September Sizzler on the first or second Saturday in the month after the summer holidays end. These are all the Kempton races today on this card:

September Sizzler Races Class of Race Type of Race Race Distance
September Stakes Group 3 3yo+ AW Flat Race 1m 4f
London Mile Series Final Class 2 3yo+ AW Flat Handicap 1m
0-85 Nursery Handicap Class 4 2yo AW Flat Handicap 1m
Sirenia Stakes Group 3 2yo AW Flat Race 6f
London Stayers’ Series Qualifier (0-85) Class 4 3yo+ AW Flat Handicap 2m
0-75 Handicap Class 5 4yo+ AW Flat Handicap 7f
0-55 Handicap Class 6 3yo+ AW Flat Handicap 1m

Other AW Flat Races at Kempton Park Racecourse

Kempton Park Racecourse Events AW Flat Race Name Class of Race Type of Race Race Distance When
Magnolia Stakes Listed 4yo+ AW Flat Race 1m 2f March
Floodlit Stakes Listed 3yo+ AW Flat Race 1m 4f November
Hyde Stakes Listed 3yo+ AW Flat Race 1m November
Wild Flower Stakes Listed 3yo+ AW Flat Race 1m 4f December

Kempton Race Card Today

Viewing the Kempton racecard today is easy here on SportsLens. We have included all the action from Sunbury-on-Thames among all of the horse racing cards today at the top of this page. That means you can keep across what is happening at tracks up and down the UK. You can also dip in and out of the race card at Kempton today as you like.

All of the important data you need to help you decide to place a bet through the best horse racing betting sites is available too. See the silks next to each runner on the racecard for Kempton today, so you know what colours to look out for. We note any past course and/or distance winners in each line-up too. With the complete Kempton Park race card today, you can see trainers and jockeys for each horse.

Compare the odds for all Kempton races today with no need to jump off SportsLens to a price comparison website. As if that wasn’t enough, there is something more. Besides today’s Kempton race card, we also look ahead to what is coming up next. You can view tomorrow’s racecards and meetings early. There might be some value in getting your bets on in advance. Check out the Kempton Park racecard today for all of that.

Kempton Tips Today

With so much going on here throughout the years, Kempton races today tips from our experts are well worth a look. They give great horse racing tips using a variety of different approaches to sourcing and finding you winners. That is what makes our Kempton horse racing tips both unique and authentic.

Our tips for Kempton races today cover all bases from featuring among horse racing NAP of the Day to a recommended Placepot bet if you like gambling on the Tote. There are each way selections for those punters who enjoy landing a touch with Lucky 15 tips and even Spreadex analysis for buying and selling certain wagers. Our Kempton race tips does all this and more.

Top pundits and influential figures also feature here too with their daily horse racing tips. All the important Kempton races today tips feature your favourites from ITV Racing and other industry insiders. They don’t mind giving some betting tips on top televised action from the track, especially on big days like Boxing Day. Make sure you check out all the Kempton races tips for today we have to offer:

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Kempton Races Today Results

All of the Kempton races results today appear as part of our racecards. It’s an automatic process that updates when race results from the track come through. These are official after jockeys weigh in following the conclusion of a contest. Viewing all results at Kempton races today and from other courses around the UK is available here.

We also look back to yesterday’s racing results too and keep those up for over 24 hours. That means Kempton Park results today can be set in their proper context and further help you establish which stables are in form with the most recent information available. All you have to do is toggle back to yesterday.

Everyone wants to know Kempton races today results ASAP. That is why we offer a fast results service for horse racing available just moments after horses cross the line. or unofficial Kempton races results today listing the first past the post and those in the money at their starting prices (SP).

With full results at Kempton races today, there is Boxing Day winners which many punters will be most interested in. Victory in Grade 1 events like the Christmas Hurdle and King George VI Chase has wider implications for the Champion Hurdle betting and Cheltenham Gold Cup odds, so it’s worth checking out our service over the festive period.

The Last Word on Kempton Races Today

And that completes our guide to races at Kempton today. With both National Hunt and All-Weather cards to check out throughout the year, we give tips on both. Visit SportsLens for all the results from Kempton Park races today too. When placing your bets with bookmakers, please gamble responsibly.

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