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David Thompson 17th Sep 2012 - 15:12

The countdown to the William Hill Winter Festival is on!

It's the must see British sporting occasion at Christmas time and tickets for the William Hill Winter Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse on Boxing Day and Thursday, 27 December are on sale now.


Racing fans, who were lucky enough to witness Kauto Star's historic fifth win in last year's William Hill King George VI Chase, won't want to miss the magical spectacle if the legendary horse takes his place in the race on Boxing Day this year, as the race could be the last time Britain's best-loved jumper appears on the track.


Top class horses such as Grands Crus - the exciting grey horse trained by David Pipe who won the williamhill.com Feltham Novices' Steeple Chase on Boxing Day last year, the Nicky Henderson trained Finian's Rainbow - winner of the 2012 Queen Mother Champion Chase and Colin Tizzard's stable star Cue Card - runner up in the Arkle Chase at The Festival in March, could all be lining up to try to become the new King of Kempton.


The scintillating sporting action on Boxing Day includes three Grade One Jump races - the William Hill King George VI Steeple Chase, the williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle and the williamhill.com Feltham Novices' Steeple Chase.  On day two of the Festival the highlight of the day is the Grade Two williamhill.com Desert Orchid Steeple Chase.


The racecourse's General Manager Phil White said: "The William Hill Winter Festival at Kempton Park is part of the staple diet for thousands of racing enthusiasts at Christmas and a target for so many of the top Jump horses in the country".


"Fans of sport love Boxing Day at Kempton Park, and especially the William Hill King George VI Chase, the showpiece race made so famous by the exploits of racehorse legends Desert Orchid and Kauto Star.  We are anticipating another highly competitive race and are already excited about the prospect of welcoming the top steeple chase horses to Kempton Park".


"The best way for racing fans to guarantee their place to enjoy the top class sporting action at the two-day Festival is to book a 'Cracker' admission ticket in advance."


'Cracker' tickets - which are available for both days of the William Hill Winter Festival - include admission, a racecard, a free drink, a £10 William Hill online bet and a discounted return visit to Kempton Park.


Packages for Boxing Day, Wednesday, December 26 include:


v  Premier Cracker with reserved seating £60;

v  Premier Cracker £45;

v  Paddock Cracker £30.


Tickets for the Festival Enclosure can also be bought in advance for just £12 (£15 on the day).  Admission tickets only (minus the Cracker package) will be available to purchase on the day, subject to availability.


Car parking is available to pre book up to Friday, December 14, for £15, £8 or £5 there will also be an allocation of free car parking available.

On the second day of the William Hill Winter Festival - Thursday, 27 December - the prices are £30 for Premier Cracker and £20 for Paddock Cracker tickets.  Festival Enclosure admission is £8 in advance (£10 on the day).  Car parking is £5 or £3 with free car parking options available.


Gates open at 10am with the first race taking place at 12:50pm on both days.


To make the day extra special book a table in the Panoramic Restaurant where you can enjoy stunning views over the racecourse and watch the exciting action unfold right in front of your eyes.  Kempton Park also has a wide range of food and drink outlets on course including the newly opened Kauto Star Bar, a Costa Coffee shop, the 'Kings of Kempton' bars and the Trattoria Pizzeria.


There are ten action packed Jump fixtures at Kempton Park throughout the season, starting on October 21st 2012 and finishing on April 16th 2013.  Fans of Jump racing should take advantage of becoming an Annual Member and enjoy a wide range of benefits offered which include admission to the William Hill Winter Festival.  For more information call 01932 782292 or email lisa.russell-smith@thejockeyclub.co.uk.


Book your tickets now to the two-day Jump racing extravaganza at Christmas by visiting the William Hill Winter Festival microsite at www.boxingdayraces.co.uk.  Bookings can be made online or by calling the box office on 0844 579 3008.



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