Kempton Park Racecourse

Warren Marston and La Landiere (2) clear the 1ST fence before going on to land The Racing Post Steeple Chase Race run at Kempton Park Racecourse The Racing Post Chase is run at the historic Kempton Park Racecourse which first opened for racing in 1878. It was built on the grounds of the old Kempton Manor and Park. The track was the brainchild of businessman S.H. Hyde. Legend has it that Hyde wished to attract upmarket female punters to the track, hoping to emulate the success of neighbouring Sandown Park Racecourse.

The Kempton Park facilities underwent an extensive £18 million upgrade and refurbishment in 2006. The circuit now features a polytrack surface that allows racing in all weather conditions. Floodlights were also installed along the course to facilitate racing in all light conditions.

In addition to the Racing Post Chase, several other famous races are hosted at the Kempton Park Racecourse annually. These include the Sirenia Stakes – a flat race run on the inside track – and the gruelling 18-fence King George VI Chase.

Kempton Park Course Details

  • The right-handed outer 10-furlong oval hosts 6f, 7f, 1m, 1m3f, 1m4f and 2m flat races.
  • The right-handed inner 6 furlong oval hosts 2f, 5f and 1m flat races.
  • The right-handed, triangular National Hunt circuit is 1m5f, practically flat, with a 220yd run-in.
  • The flat racing track cuts through the middle of the jumping track.
  • The course accommodates 17 runners. This number is reduced to 14 runners for 5f and 6f races.
  • 42 floodlights light up the action on the track. These lights were specially engineered for the Kempton Park Racecourse to dim between races and can be mechanically lowered when not in use.
  • Kempton Park’s new polytrack racecourse surface is the same as those laid at Lingfield and Wolverhampton.

Kempton Park Jumping Course

Despite initial fears that the jumping course would be phased out during refurbishments, the course was retained. The jumping course used for National Hunt races is a triangular 1 mile, 5 furlong track.

Winning on the Kempton Park jumping course is all about precision jumping and tactical speed. Pundits claim that of all English tracks, this one most resembles the soft tracks found in France – perhaps one of the reasons why French horses and trainers have been so successful in events held on this course.

The track is renowned for its flatness. It’s notoriously difficult to challenge front runners on the 220 yard run-in once the final three fences have been cleared.