Britain’s most successful steeplechaser could make racing history – and break his own World Record – at Kempton Park on Boxing Day – RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY 15 JANUARY 2011 DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS
Racehorse Kauto Star was awarded a Guinness World Record last year for winning his fourth successive William Hill King George VI Steeple Chase at Kempton Park. This Boxing Day, he’ll be back and will make horseracing history if he can win this highly prestigious race for a record fifth time on 26 December 2010.
Although the World Record for the most times an individual race has been won by the same horse is seven, held by Doctor Syntax, who won the Preston Gold Cup on seven occasions between 1815 and 1891, Guinness World Records considered Kauto Star’s achievements to be in a league of their own.
The William Hill King George VI Steeple Chase has become one of the most prestigious races in the calendar since its inception in 1937. Kauto Star’s victory last year gave him World Record status, having broken racing legend Desert Orchid’s previous record with his fourth consecutive win. If Kauto Star accomplishes a five-timer, despite stiff opposition for the £200,000 first prize, then he will receive a new certificate commemorating his extraordinary achievement.
Top Irish jockey Ruby Walsh, who has partnered Kauto Star in all four of his King George victories to date, is sidelined due to a broken leg, so Noel Fehily will take up the ride in what has to be one of the highlights of the jump racing season.
The three-mile contest was first run before the Second World War and its past winners include Arkle and Best Mate, both of whom won three successive Cheltenham Gold Cups, but no horse has ever won the King George VI Steeple Chase race on five successive occasions.
Trained by Paul Nicholls, five times Champion Jump Trainer, Kauto Star is one of the most successful jump horses of all time having won 21 races, including two Cheltenham Gold Cups, and is the first jump horse to have collected over £2 million in prize money for his owner.
The £200,000 William Hill King George VI Chase takes place on the first day of the William Hill Winter Festival – Sunday 26 December and the race is live on Channel 4 with coverage starting at 1.45pm. RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY 15 JANUARY 2011 DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS – READ NEW DETAILS HERE
People pre-booking tickets are entered in a draw to win a Kia Venga car – and the first 2,000 will also receive a special ‘Kautograph’, with Kauto Star having become the first horse ever to produce a horse-o-graph.
‘Cracker’ packages – which are available for both days of the festival on 26 and 27 December – come with vouchers for a racecard, drink, £25 bet with William Hill subject to conditions, and a discounted return visit to Kempton Park in the New Year.
The ticketing options on Boxing Day are:
* Premier Cracker with reserved seat £60;
* Premier Cracker £45;
* Paddock Cracker £30.
Tickets for the Festival Enclosure can also be bought in advance. They cost £12 until 16 December and £15 on the day. Car park passes, which can also be ordered in advance, cost £5, £8 and £15.
On the second day of the William Hill Winter Festival – on Monday 27 December – the prices are £25 for Premier Cracker and £18 for Paddock Cracker tickets. The Festival Enclosure on day two is £8 in advance (£10 on the day), while car parking is £3 or £5.
Disabled parking is free of charge on both days of the festival on production of a disabled parking badge, subject to availability.
Bookings can be made online at www.boxingdayraces.co.uk or by calling the box office on 0844 579 3008.
To find out more about British horseracing and the William Hill King George VI Steeple Chase, visit: www.lovetheraces.com.
Pictured: Ditcheat, the yard of trainer Paul Nicholls – L-R Denman and Kauto Star