The William Hill King George VI Chase is one of the most prestigious chase events. The 3 mile race was first run in 1937 to commemorate the ascension of King George VI. Many great horses have run and won the King George Chase, with the honour roll including Desert Orchid, Arkle, Wayward Lad and Best Mate.
Originally held in February, the King George VI Chase is held each year on Boxing Day (December 26) as part of the William Hill Winter Festival at Kempton Park which runs from the 26 - 27 of December.
The King George Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase which is open to horses aged four years and over. It is run over a distance of 3 miles (4,828 metres) and has eighteen fences to be jumped.
King George Chase News
26 Dec 2009
Kauto Star has made history by winning the 2009 William Hill King George Chase today at Kempton Park for the fourth year in a row.
The legendary Desert Orchid set the record to beat at four wins in five years and three wins in succession, but Kauto Star bettered that on Boxing Day by beating a top class field to win four in a row with jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Paul Nicholls and owner Clive Smith.
26 Dec 2009
With only a few hours to go now until the running of the 2009 William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton Park the favourite is still Kauto Star at 8/13 with Winter Festival sponsors William Hill. Kauto Star is looking to make history by winning the grade 1 chase for the 4th successive year.
Next best at 7/1 is Imperial Commander and at 10/1 is Madison Du Berlais and Deep Purple, who has shortened from 14/1.
24 Dec 2009
Kempton Park’s Clerk of the course Barney Clifford is confident that the William Hill King George VI Chase festival will beat the current cold snap and go ahead as planned on Boxing Day.
24 Dec 2009
After the final declarations stage for the King George VI Chase, Kauto Star is set to take on 12 opponents in the feature grade 1 race on December 26 at Kempton Park. Roll Along, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, was the only horse to be removed from the field.
22 Dec 2009
Jockey Ruby Walsh, who is hoping to make history with Kauto Star by winning a fourth successive King George VI Chase at Kempton on December 26, thinks the 9 year old is in as good or even better form than he was for last year’s race.
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2009 King George Chase Results
|1||Kauto Star (FR)||8/13 F|
|2||Madison Du Berlais (FR)||10/1|
|5||Imperial Commander (IRE)||13/2|
|6||Albertas Run (IRE)||25/1|
|8||Our Vic (IRE)||40/1|
|PU||Master Medic (IRE)||33/1|
|PU||Racing Demon (IRE)||100/1|