Kempton Park Racecourse
|Owned by||Jockey Club Racecourses|
|Date opened||July 1878|
|Screened on||Racing UK|
|Course type|| Flat|
|Notable Races|| King George VI Chase|
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Kempton Park Racecourse is a horse racing track in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, England, which is a western suburb of London 16 miles from the city centre. The site is set in 210 acres (84 hectares) 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.
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 that 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 sadly 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, have been put on the scrap heap.
The regular Wednesday evening winter flat meetings do not attract many racegoers or bookmakers and are seen by many as merely "betting shop fodder" as the flat track is so far away from the stands there is very little atmosphere.
In addition the site is home to 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, Shepperton to Waterloo line.
The racecourse also has a lake, into which the horse Blue Warrior jumped prior to the start of the 19.20 on 14th January 2009. The rescue operation to get the horse out of the lake caused the race to be delayed by 15 minutes.
- All-weather Opened in March 2006, this floodlit Polytrack synthetic course is a right-handed oval of 8 or 10 furlongs, depending on whether the inner or outer bend is used.
- National Hunt Triangular circuit 1m5f, practically flat, with 220yd run-in.
- Dragonfly Stakes
- Floodlit Stakes
- Hyde Stakes
- Ladybird Stakes
- London Mile
- Magnolia Stakes
- Masaka Stakes
- Rosebery Stakes
- Snowdrop Fillies' Stakes
- Sunbury Stakes
- Wild Flower Stakes
National Hunt races:
- Lapland Mares' Hurdle
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