Blow away your Christmas cobwebs and join the stylish crowds at Kempton Park for an unforgettable festive race day
BY NATASHA EDDERY
Ah, the holiday season, don’t you just love it? For me, December is a fantastic month where we have the perfect excuse to throw elaborate parties, get glamorous and do what girls do so very well – shop, shop, shop!
But with so much emphasis on today’s celebrations did one forget to organise a festive treat for Boxing Day?
Many of us spend the day nestled indoors, nursing a hangover or a rather full belly, but why not break tradition and do something a little out of the ordinary by visiting Kempton Park for the William Hill Winter Festival.
As race days go, it doesn’t get much better than this fixture because Kempton Park plays host to the Grade 1 William Hill King George VI Steeple Chase. Even if you are not a big follower of the jump scene, you will undoubtedly have heard of Long Run and Kauto Star, especially as giant posters of these two equine heroes are lining almost every London bus stop at present.
This year, the William Hill Winter festival sees these two incredible horses come together to battle it out for the King George crown. The beautifully striking Long Run won last year’s Gold Cup and is the keen favourite at 5-4 on Betfair. But the four times King George Crown winner, Kauto Star, who effortlessly beat his rival in the Betfair Chase at Haydock last month, is hot on his tail at 3-1.
However, this is not just a two horse race; there are five other contenders that include Champion Chase winner Master Minded, who is definitely worth a punt.
This race is going to be one of the highlights of the jump season and I can think of no better way to spend Boxing Day than witnessing this magnificent battle live.
Not only is this a superb day out, but it is also another opportunity to put your best fashion foot forward and glam up in a chic outfit – Royal Ascot is not the only racecourse that flaunts style.
This Boxing Day it is time to slip into an elegant dress, step into your Jimmy Choos, cover up with your warmest winter tweed and head over to Kempton Park where you and your friends can sip champagne, place a few bets and soak up the electric atmosphere.
Gates open 10am, Entry costs £15.00; First race Starts 12.50pm