Last updated: 11/01/2023 at 5:08 pm

One of the UK’s premier horse racing tracks, Kempton Park, has a fantastic lineup of events in 2023. Here we list some of the most unmissable Kempton Park races taking place this year, and how you can get premium tickets.

Located 16 miles south of Greater London, Kempton Park Racecourse is a racing and events venue.

The track has a rich and storied history, and is located in an area that many believe to be the ‘birthplace of horse racing’.

Founded by businessman S. H. Hyde, the grounds were originally a manor house estate and opened as a racecourse in 1878.

For many years, the course's Easter Meeting was considered one of the main highlights of the racing calendar, with the Roseberry Stakes, the 2000 Guineas Trial, the Queen's Prize, and the 1000 Guineas Trial attracting esteemed guests from near and far.

The track hosts some of the most prestigious races of the year, such as the King George VI Chase, the Kauto Star Novices Chase, the Desert Orchid Chase, and the Coral Trophy Handicap Chase.

Keep reading to find out about the best events at Kempton Park Racecourse in 2023, and how you can get premium tickets.

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See the worlds best compete at the King George VI Chase Day

Horses racing down the home straight while the crowd looks on
Image: Horses racing down the home straight while the crowd looks on

Taking place on the 26th of December every year, King George Chase Day serves up a blockbuster day of top-tier racing, featuring the Kauto Star Novices Handicap Steeple Chase, the Christmas Hurdle, and one of the crown jewels of steeple Chase racing, the King George VI Chase.

The King George VI Steeple chase is the second most prestigious chase in English racing, behind only the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and is perfect for horse racing fanatics that want to bear witness to some of the best jump racing that the competition calendar has to offer.  

The day of world-class jump racing is a part of the Kempton Christmas Festival. The race is open to horses aged 4 years or older and draws some of the best talents in world racing, as they all compete to have their names etched into the horse racing history books.

The race has been won by some of the most famous horses in the sport's illustrious history such as Arkle, four-time winner Desert Orchard, and five-time winner, Kauto Star. The 2021 winner, Tornado Flyer, holds the record for the longest-priced winner at 28/1.

The King George VI Steeple Chase is a racing connoisseur’s dream.

Watch horse racing’s rising stars at Desert Orchid Chase Day

Horses in 1st, 2nd and 3rd racing down the home straight
Image: Horses in 1st, 2nd and 3rd racing down the home straight

Named after the legendary four-time winner of the King George VI Steeple Chase, Desert Orchard Chase day offers racing fans a jam-packed day of top-quality racing.

The event includes the Mare’s Handicap Hurdle Race, the Wayward Lad Novices Steeple Chase, and the day's main event, the coveted Desert Orchard chase.

The race has had some notable winners over the years, with arguably the greatest-ever performance coming in 2021 when dominant racehorse Shishkin blew away all competition to win the race by 10 lengths.  

Desert Orchard Chase day offers horse racing enthusiasts a fantastic day out at the racing, watching the sport's rising stars stake their claim as the best in the country.

Inspired by one of the greatest and most charismatic horses of all time, it is an event that is not to be missed.

Enjoy a casual day at the races with Kempton Park’s Afternoon Flat Racing

Horses racing along the home straight.
Image: Horses racing along the home straight.

The Afternoon Racing at Kempton Park is perfect for a first-time race day experience, or for racing fans who want to watch a day of top-quality action without breaking the bank.

The afternoon racing days take place around the bigger events over the course of the year and can feature races such as the Queens Prize Handicap Stakes and the Magnolia Stakes, as well as a number of different Novice and Handicap Stakes.

The Afternoon Racing at Kempton Park offers a day of exciting horse racing action for fans working on a lower budget.

How to get premium tickets for Kempton Park races

With all of the incredible experiences scheduled at Kempton Park Racecourse, why not experience them from a more luxurious setting, with a premium ticket package?

Seat Unique is delighted to extend fans access to premium experiences for all of these events. Benefit from luxury inclusions* on race day such as:

  • Stunning views of the track from private tables and balconies.
  • A selection of delicious freshly cooked meals.
  • Welcome Drinks on arrival.
  • Complimentary beverages such as wine and soft drinks.
  • Access to private betting facilities.

*Inclusions vary depending on the event and choice of package.

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If you're a big horse racing fan, Seat Unique also offers VIP hospitality packages for Royal Ascot, Cheltenham Festival, Newmarket Races, The Grand National, and Qatar Goodwood Festival.