Kempton Park Racecourse
is a horse racing
track in Sunbury-on-Thames
, which is a western suburb of London
16 miles from the city centre. The site is set in 210 acres
) of land.
The racecourse was the idea of 19th century businessman (and Conservative Party
agent) S.H. Hyde, who was enjoying a carriage
drive in the country when he came across Kempton Manor and Park for sale. Hyde leased the grounds in 1872 and six years later in July 1878 Kempton opened as a racecourse.
Kempton Park stages both National Hunt racing
and Flat racing
, with the most famous race being the King George VI Chase
held every Boxing Day
The site closed on 2 May 2005 and reopened on 25 March 2006, with a new all-weather Polytrack synthetic
track and floodlighting to facilitate racing in all conditions and at all light levels. It was because flat racing was only to be on the sand track that the historic Jubilee Course, a mile long spur which rejoined the main track by the home bend, was to be abandoned. It is now overgrown and forgotten and some famous races, particularly the Jubilee Handicap
which used to be as big a race as the Cambridgeshire
and Stewards' Cup
, are no more.
In addition to racing, the site is home to a weekly market on Thursdays, and an Antique
market on the second and last Tuesday of every month.
The racecourse has its own railway station
, on the South West Trains
The racecourse also has a lake, into which the horse Blue Warrior... Read More