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King George VI Chase

The King George VI Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt race in Great Britain that is open to horses four-years of age or older.

The race was first run in 1937 and was named in honor of the new British king at the time, King George VI.

The King George VI Chase is now the second most prestigious race in England, the Cheltenham Gold Cup being the only race more prestigious.

Overview of the King George VI Chase

First Run
1937
Race Type
Grade 1 Steeplechase
Venue
Kempton Park – Sunbury, England
Surface
Turf
Distance
3 miles
Entry Requirements
Four-years-old and up
Sponsor
32Red
Purse
210,000 Euros

History of the King George VI Chase

After it’s inception in February of 1937 to honor King George VI of England, the race was only run twice before World War II.

During the war Kempton Park was closed for racing and was instead used as a prisoner-of-war camp.

Southern Hero, the winner of the inaugural King George VI Chase, is the oldest horse to have ever won the race at age 12.

After the war, the racecourse re-opened in 1947 and Boxing Day was the new day for which the race would always be run.

The race is scheduled to take place every year on December 26th as a featured race of the 32Red Winter Festival.

King George VI Chase Records

  • Leading Horse: Kauto Star – 5 wins (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
  • Leading Jockey: Ruby Walsh – 5 wins (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
  • Leading Trainer: Paul Nicholas – 9 wins (1997, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014)
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