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Kempton Racecourse

Kempton Racecouse

Kempton racecourse is based in Sunbury-on-Thames,Surrey just 16miles from London and hosts both jumps and flats.Kempton is an all-weather track, as a matter of fact,it’s the only right-handed all- weather track in the UK.The flat racing is usually all year round because it is on all weather.It has two tracks including a poly track surface for all weather racing and a turf course for national hunt fixtures.Both tracks are quite sharp and horses need to be very quick to take advantage.It is not only London’s premier racecourse but also one of the busiest racecourses in Europe.

History

Henry Hyde (a 19th century business man and conservative party agent) immediately bought the park when it was put on sale as he thought it would make a perfect racecourse.After six years of hard work, the new racecourse was complete and on the eighteenth of July 1878, the fast flat race was staged in front of a large enthusiastic crowd.In early 20th century another national hunt course race was added and following the introduction of King George IV chase in 1937, its importance immensely skyrocketed.In 2005, flat racing on turf ended replacing it with grass circuits in 2006.

Currently, Kempton stages seventy two days of all-weather flat racing and seven days of top quality national hunt racing.The highlights of Kempton horse racing is Grade I King George IV chase which is held every boxing day as part of William Hill Winter Festival.

Key characteristics

The course is generally a fair track with both flat and national hunt courses almost completely flat.The flat racing circuit is 1.25miles and the national hunt course is a bit longer.There are nine fences to negotiate each circuit and its ten furlong.The track is also 20m wide in the home straight with with a false rail at 2 1/4 pole which allows an easy passage to the winning post.Kempton racecourse also has the first fully retractable floodlight system used in a racecourse and it’s one of the few racecourses with floodlights.

The racecourse has a myriad of other facilities from restaurants, bars, children play areas to large conference facilities.During summer,the nights are special for one can get to enjoy a live concert after racing.Disable fans can also enjoy the races for the racecourse has special facilities for them so that they do not feel left out.