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Kempton Park Racecourse

Kempton Park Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Shepperton, Sunbury-on-Thames, United Kingdom. It opened in 1878, at the Staines Rd E.

History of Kempton Park Racecourse

1870 to 1872 – The racecourse was the idea of 19th-century businessman and Conservative Party agent S. H. Hyde. On a carriage drive with his wife in June 1870, he came across Kempton Manor and Park for sale. He leased the grounds as a tenant in 1872. Six years later, Kempton opened as a racecourse. 

1878 – The Kempton racecourse was inaugurated on July 18, 1878.

1889 – A Royal Box was constructed in just 21 days to cater to the visit of the Prince of Wales.

1914 to 1919 – During World War I, Kempton Park was used as a transit depot for military vehicles. The Racecourses at Gatwick, Hurst Park, and Sandown adopted Kempton Park’s fixtures until 1919 when racing resumed at Kempton.

1932 –A fire broke out, damaging the Grandstand, restaurant, Member’s Stand, and Tattersalls bar.

1939 to 1947 – The racetrack also played a major role during World War II, accommodating prisoners of war throughout the war. The main line rail station situated on the grounds of the racecourse allowed German and Italian soldiers to be directly routed to the temporary camp set up. Racing came back in 1947.

1997 – The current Grandstand was completed after the redevelopment.

2005 to 2006 – The site briefly closed between May 2, 2005, and March 25, 2006, to establish a new all-weather Polytrack (synthetic material) and floodlighting to enable host racing in all weather and at night.

Best Course

It is also widely considered one of the best-designed courses in the UK and the Home of the King George VI Cup & Winter Festival.

Track Details and Other Facilities

Track Details

All-weather Synthetic Track

  • It is a floodlit Polytrack synthetic course.
  • It is a right-handed oval of 8 or 10 furlongs, depending on whether the inner or outer bend is used.
  • Inner Circuit
    • The inner circuit is sharp for 5 furlongs and 1 mile and 2 furlongs races.
    • It has a finishing straight of under two furlongs.
  • Outer Circuit
    • The outer circuit is for 6 furlongs, 7 furlongs, 1 mile, 1 mile and 3 furlongs, 1 mile and 4 furlongs, and 2-mile races.
    • The turn on the outer course is more sweeping with a more extended home straight, approximately three furlongs long.

Track for National Hunt

  • It is a triangular circuit of 1 mile and 5 furlongs.
  • It is practically flat, with a 220-yard run-in.
  • It has a right-handed, oval-shaped, and flat track.
  • It is slightly undulating, wide, and galloping in nature, with ten fences and six hurdles per circuit.

Other Facilities

  • 🐎Overall Area
    • The site has 210 acres (85 hectares) of flat grassland.
    • It is surrounded by woodland with two lakes in its center.
    • It has adjoining inner and outer courses for flat and fenced racing.
  • 🐎Paddock enclosure
    • It is open on all race days with a food court area offering fish & chips, noodles, Tiffinbites curry & dash sandwich bar.
  • 🐎Festive enclosure
    • It is open on 26 and 27 of December only, with an indoor bar area and several mobile food outlets available in this area.
  • 🐎Stables
    • 117 Boxes
  • 🐎Nigel Clark Suite
    • It is the owners’ facility
    • It is suited for small meetings, team-building, post-conference receptions, and seated dinners.
    • It is equipped with Audio Visual Equipment.
    • Room Dimension
      • 1 meters in length
      • 2 meters in width
    • Room Capacity
      • Theatre – 110
      • Classroom – 50
      • Cabaret – 80
      • Banquet – 110
      • Boardroom – 38
  • 🐎Premier Suite
    • It is open only on selected race days.
    • It has several bars on the first floor of the grandstand, including the sandwich bar.
    • It has views across the Parade Ring and Winner’s Enclosure.
    • It is suited for conferencing, team building, and training events.
    • It is equipped with Audio Visual Equipment.
    • Room Dimension
      • 60 meters in length
      • 2 meters in width
    • Room Capacity
      • Theatre – 500
      • Classroom – 240
      • Cabaret – 360
      • Banquet – 320

Venue Hire

  • 🐎Exhibition Hall
    • It is suitable for shows and exhibitions of any size.
    • Room Dimensions
      • 8 meters in length
      • 27 meters in width
    • It is equipped with Audio Visual Equipment.
  • 🐎Desert Orchid Suite
    • The Desert Orchid Suite looks out over the Kempton Park racecourse.
    • The space can be tailored to suit a specific theme.
    • It can also be hired for team-building exercises or set up in a boardroom style for smaller meetings.
    • Room Dimension
      • 6 meters in length
      • 7 meters in width
    • Rooms Capacity
      • Theatre – 150
      • Classroom – 100
      • Cabaret – 72
      • Boardroom – 38
    • Package
      • Breakfast option on arrival
      • 3 servings of tea & coffee and baked cookies
      • Choice of working lunch
      • Mid-afternoon break
      • Water
      • Projector and Screen
      • Flipchart &Conference Stationery
      • Dedicated Events Manager
      • Wifi
      • Complimentary Parking
  • 🐎Clubhouse Main Suite
    • It is located in Kempton Park’s Clubhouse, adjacent to the main grandstand.
    • It is ideal for small conferencing, team building, and training events.
    • It is equipped with Audio Visual Equipment
    • Room Dimension
      • 9 meters in length
      • 6 meters in width
    • Room Capacity
      • Theatre – 200
      • Classroom – 90
      • Cabaret – 72
      • Banquet – 160
      • Reception – 275
      • Boardroom – 38
  • 🐎Royal Box
    • From its name, it was built for royal visitors.
    • It is equipped with Audio Visual Equipment.
    • Room Dimension
      • 9 meters in length
      • 8 meters in width
    • Room Capacity
      • Theatre – 50
      • Classroom – 90
      • Cabaret – 24
      • Banquet – 40
      • Reception – 50
      • Boardroom – 38

Panoramic Restaurant

  • 🐎Premier Restaurant Package
    • It offers a three-course Bistro meal or a Three-course à la carte dining.
    • It also offers tea and coffee after the meal.
    • It includes a hospitality admission ticket.
    • It includes a race card and access to betting facilities.
    • It overlooks the racecourse and winning post
    • It has a cash bar facility
    • It includes a car parking pass for 1 per 2 guests.
  • 🐎VIP Three-Course Experience
    • It is a champagne Reception.
    • It offers a three-course la carte meal.
    • It also offers tea and coffee served after your meal.
    • It includes a hospitality admission ticket.
    • It includes a race card and access to betting facilities.
    • It overlooks the racecourse and winning post
    • It has a cash bar facility
    • It includes a car parking pass for 1 per 2 guests.

Race Schedule and Major Events & Races​

Kempton Park Race Schedule

  • 🐎Live Racing Schedule
    • It hosts National Hunt racing throughout the season and all-weather racing throughout the year.

Top Three Race Events

      • 🐴King George VI Chase
      • 🐴The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase(formerly the Feltham Novices’ Chase)
      • 🐴Desert Orchid Chase

Graded Races

  • Grade I 
      • 🐴King George VI Chase
      • 🐴Kauto Star Novices’ Chase
      • 🐴Christmas Hurdle
  • Grade II 
      • 🐴Silviniaco Conti Chase
      • 🐴Adonis Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle
      • 🐴Pendil Novices’ Chase
      • 🐴Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle
      • 🐴Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase
      • 🐴Desert Orchid Chase
  • Grade III
      • 🐴Coral Trophy Handicap Chase
      • 🐴Sirenia Stakes
      • 🐴September Stakes

Listed Races

      • 🐴Magnolia Stakes
      • 🐴Matchbook Betting Exchange Novices’ Hurdle
      • 🐴Matchbook VIP Hurdle
      • 🐴Floodlit Stakes
      • 🐴Kempton Mares’ Hurdle

Other Stakes Races

      • 🐴Dragonfly Stakes
      • 🐴Hyde Stakes
      • 🐴Ladybird Stakes
      • 🐴London Mile
      • 🐴Masaka Stakes
      • 🐴Road to the Kentucky Derby Conditions Stakes
      • 🐴Sunbury Stakes
      • 🐴Wild Flower Stakes

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • It is situated on the A308 between Sunbury on Thames and Hampton Court.
  • It is 16 miles south-west of Charing Cross, central London, and less than one mile from Junction 1 of the M3 via Junction 12 of the M25.
  • Priority car parking is provided to owners, trainers, and those with a disabled badge.
  • It allows pre-arranged helicopter landings.
  • Access to Train
    • It has its train station on-site, situated 200 yards from the North entrance.
    • Trains run every half an hour from the London Waterloo to Shepperton line.
    • The journey time is 40 minutes.
    • Trains do not run on Boxing Day.
    • The train station is not wheelchair accessible.


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