King George Vi Chase

King George VI Chase

The King George VI Chase is run at Kempton Park Racecourse and is a Grade 1 National Hunt Race for horses aged 4 years and over. The race is traditionally held on Boxing day each year and is currently run over 3 miles and consists of 18 fences.


The King George VI Chase is seen as the top chase to be held in England outside of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and several horses who have performed well here have indeed gone on to win the big one at Cheltenham. Past history shows that many trainers will enter their horse into the Gold Cup off the back of a good showing in the King George.

King George History

The race was named after King George VI and was first run in February 1937 when Southern Hero was the victor. The list of winners since then includes some of the best and most legendary names in the racing world. Twelve horses have won the race on more than one occasion with the most successful horse in the history of the King George being the incomparable Desert Orchid. " Dessie"  won the race on no fewer than four occasions in 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1990. Arkle, who is considered by many to be the greatest steeplechaser of all time won the race in 1965. The latest name to join this illustrious company is Kauto Star who made it a hat trick of wins in 2008 to follow his victories in 2007 and 2006.

King George VI Chase Recent Winners

The King George is run over a relatively flat 3 miles at Kempton but any potential winner needs to not only to be able to stay the distance but also needs to be a sound jumper. Here is a list of the recent winners of the King George VI Chase.

2008 Kauto Star Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2007 Kauto Star Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2006 Kauto Star Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2005 Kicking King Barry Geraghty Tom Taafe
2004 Kicking King Barry Geraghty Tom Taafe
2003 Ebredon Bleu Jim Culloty Henrietta Knight
2002 Best Mate Tony McCoy Henrietta Knight
2001 Florida Pearl Adrian Maguire Willie Mullins
2000 First Gold Thierry Doumain Francois Doumen
1999 See More Business Mick Fitzgerald Paul Nicholls