The Kempton Christmas Festival provides two fantastic days of action-packed horse racing as the magic will unfold there from Tuesday 26th to Wednesday 27th December 2023.
With 12 top quality races on offer over the two days, including the feature King George VI Chase, punters are treated to a Boxing Day bonanza, celebrating some of the best jumpers from Britain and Ireland.
The Christmas Festival at Kempton Park racecourse is due to take place from Tuesday 26th to Wednesday 27th December 2023.
On Boxing Day, punters will be treated to quality racing. The Kempton Christmas Festival hosts some of the most significant races in the Jumps season, including the Grade 1 showpiece, the King George VI Chase.
The current market leader for the race could face off against Nicky Henderson's Shishkin, while it would be no surprise if Willie Mullins threw a spanner in the works by sending Allaho across for the race.
National Hunt racing’s new superstar stretched his unbeaten record when landing both the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham and the Aintree Hurdle last season, and it's difficult to see what can beat him again this term.
Another race to savour on Boxing Day is the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novices' Chase, and it could be an opportunity to see Il Est Francais in the flesh, a French raider trained by Noel George and Amanda Zetterholm in Chantilly.
The Grade 1-winning hurdler left his rivals for dust in a Listed event over all sorts of obstacles at Auteuil in November, and he may have a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup despite being a five-year-old.
On Wednesday, the highlight is the Grade 2 Desert Orchid Chase, where Editeur Du Gite sprung a 28/1 surprise last season.
Nico De Boinville rode seven winners at Kempton Park last season from just 22 rides, which is a very healthy 32 percent strike-rate.
Another jockey a little under the radar who may be worth following this year is Harry Skelton. He rode a handicap winner in Grey Dawning for his brother Dan at the meeting last season, and the yard's runners could start to peak around Christmas.
Two top trainers who can't be left out of the discussion are Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls, who will both be very strongly represented over both days.
However, if you are looking for a trainer who might not have many runners at the Christmas Festival, keep an eye out to see if Harry Fry has anything running.
He saddled three winners from seven runners at the track last season and won at this meeting last season with Boothill.
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