King George VI Chase
|Grade 1 race|
|King George VI Chase|
|Sponsor||William Hill |
|Distance||3 miles (4,828 metres)|
|Qualification||Four-years-old and up|
|Weight||11 st 3 lb (4yo);|
11 st 10 lb (5yo+)
7 lb for fillies and mares
The King George VI Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Kempton Park over a distance of about 3 miles (4,828 metres), and during its running there are eighteen fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year, usually on December 26.
The event was first run in February 1937, and it was named in honour of the new British monarch, King George VI. It was only run twice before World War II, during which Kempton Park was closed for racing and used as a prisoner-of-war camp. The two pre-war runnings were each contested by four horses. The winner of the first, Southern Hero, remains the race's oldest ever winner. After the war the racecourse re-opened, and the event returned in 1947 on a new date – Boxing Day.
The King George VI Chase is now the second most prestigious chase in England, surpassed only by the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Twelve horses have won it more than once, and two – Desert Orchid and Kauto Star – have won it four times.
Most successful horse (4 wins):
- Desert Orchid – 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990
- Kauto Star – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Leading jockey (4 wins):
- Richard Dunwoody – Desert Orchid (1989, 1990), One Man (1995, 1996)
- Ruby Walsh – Kauto Star (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Leading trainer (6 wins):
- Paul Nicholls – See More Business (1997, 1999), Kauto Star (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
|1937||Southern Hero||12||J. Fawcus||G. Evans|
|1938||Airgead Sios||8||T. McNeill||V. Tabor|
|no race 1939–46 |
|1947||Rowland Roy||8||Bryan Marshall||Fulke Walwyn|
|1948||Cottage Rake||9||Aubrey Brabazon||Vincent O'Brien|
|1949||Finnure||8||Dick Francis||George Beeby|
|1950||Manicou||5||Bryan Marshall||Peter Cazalet|
|1951||Statecraft||6||Tony Grantham||Peter Cazalet|
|1952||Halloween||7||Fred Winter||Bill Wightman|
|1953||Galloway Braes||8||Bert Morrow||Alec Kilpatrick|
|1954||Halloween||9||Fred Winter||Bill Wightman|
|1955||Limber Hill||8||Jimmy Power||Bill Dutton|
|1956||Rose Park||10||Michael Scudamore||Peter Cazalet|
|1957||Mandarin||6||Gerry Madden||Fulke Walwyn|
|1958||Lochroe||10||Arthur Freeman||Peter Cazalet|
|1959||Mandarin||8||Gerry Madden||Fulke Walwyn|
|1960||Saffron Tartan||9||Fred Winter||Don Butchers|
|no race 1961–62 |
|1963||Mill House||6||Willie Robinson||Fulke Walwyn|
|1964||Frenchman's Cove||9||Stan Mellor||Harry Thomson Jones|
|1965||Arkle||8||Pat Taaffe||Tom Dreaper|
|1966||Dormant||9||Jeff King||John Wells-Kendrew|
|no race 1967–68 |
|1969||Titus Oates||7||Stan Mellor||Gordon W. Richards|
|no race 1970 |
|1971||The Dikler||8||Barry Brogan||Fulke Walwyn|
|1972||Pendil||7||Richard Pitman||Fred Winter|
|1973||Pendil||8||Richard Pitman||Fred Winter|
|1974||Captain Christy||7||Bobby Coonan||Pat Taaffe|
|1975||Captain Christy||8||Gerry Newman||Pat Taaffe|
|1976||Royal Marshall II||9||Graham Thorner||Tim Forster|
|1977||Bachelor's Hall||7||Martin O'Halloran||Peter Cundell|
|1978||Gay Spartan||7||Tommy Carmody||Tony Dickinson|
|1979||Silver Buck||7||Tommy Carmody||Tony Dickinson|
|1980||Silver Buck||8||Tommy Carmody||Tony Dickinson|
|no race 1981 |
|1982||Wayward Lad||7||John Francome||Michael Dickinson|
|1983||Wayward Lad||8||Robert Earnshaw||Michael Dickinson|
|1984||Burrough Hill Lad||8||John Francome||Jenny Pitman|
|1985||Wayward Lad||10||Graham Bradley||Monica Dickinson|
|1986||Desert Orchid||7||Simon Sherwood||David Elsworth|
|1987||Nupsala||8||André Pommier||François Doumen|
|1988||Desert Orchid||9||Simon Sherwood||David Elsworth|
|1989||Desert Orchid||10||Richard Dunwoody||David Elsworth|
|1990||Desert Orchid||11||Richard Dunwoody||David Elsworth|
|1991||The Fellow||6||Adam Kondrat||François Doumen|
|1992||The Fellow||7||Adam Kondrat||François Doumen|
|1993||Barton Bank||7||Adrian Maguire||David Nicholson|
|1994||Algan||6||Philippe Chevalier||François Doumen|
|1995||One Man ||8||Richard Dunwoody||Gordon W. Richards|
|1996||One Man||8||Richard Dunwoody||Gordon W. Richards|
|1997||See More Business||7||Andrew Thornton||Paul Nicholls|
|1998||Teeton Mill||9||Norman Williamson||Venetia Williams|
|1999||See More Business||9||Mick Fitzgerald||Paul Nicholls|
|2000||First Gold||7||Thierry Doumen||François Doumen|
|2001||Florida Pearl||9||Adrian Maguire||Willie Mullins|
|2002||Best Mate||7||Tony McCoy||Henrietta Knight|
|2003||Edredon Bleu||11||Jim Culloty||Henrietta Knight|
|2004||Kicking King||6||Barry Geraghty||Tom Taaffe|
|2005||Kicking King ||7||Barry Geraghty||Tom Taaffe|
|2006||Kauto Star||6||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2007||Kauto Star||7||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2008||Kauto Star||8||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2009||Kauto Star||9||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
1 During World War II Kempton Park was closed for racing and used as a reception centre for prisoners-of-war.
2 The 1961 and 1962 runnings were both abandoned because of frost.
3 It was cancelled in 1967 due to foot-and-mouth restrictions, and in 1968 because of frost.
4 The 1970 running was abandoned because of snow.
5 The race was abandoned in 1981 because of snow and frost.
6 The "1995" race took place on January 6, 1996 at Sandown, having been postponed at Kempton due to snow and frost.
7 It was switched to Sandown in 2005 as Kempton was closed for redevelopment.
- ↑ Cook, Chris (April 9, 2009). "William Hill to sponsor King George". London: The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/apr/09/horse-racing-william-hill-kauto-star. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
- kinggeorgechase.com – King George Chase Winners.
- pedigreequery.com – King George VI Chase – Kempton Park.