Boxing Day Bonanza at the Races
“Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year”. Well, whoever said that clearly hasn’t experienced Boxing Day in the UK as a racing fan!
With a bumper eight fixtures taking places across Fontwell Park, Huntingdon, Kempton Park, Market Rasen, Sedgefield, Wetherby, Wincanton and Wolverhampton, which are all U18s Race Free fixtures.
The 32Red Winter Festival on Boxing Day at Kempton Park is the undoubted jewell in the crown, boasting no fewer than three Grade 1 races, including the 32Red King George VI Steeple Chase, one of the most famous jumps races in the country.
The roll of honour for the King George VI includes five-time winner Kauto Star, as well as last year’s winner Might Bite, who will take on Native River in an attempt to retain his crown. The pair had an enthralling battle in the Timico Gold Cup at Cheltenham in March, with Native River coming out on top on that occasion. Other potential star horses in this year’s race include Waiting Patiently, 2016 King George VI winner Thistlecrack and two-time Betfair Chase champion Bristol de Mai.
Meanwhile at Fontwell Park on Boxing Day, the site will be transformed into a winter wonderland with reindeers, an ice rink and festive food and beverages, as well as a variety of game stalls. At Market Rasen the Lincolnshire National will take place, one of the region’s biggest races of the year, while at Huntingdon Boxing Day is regarded as the racecourse’s biggest event if the year, welcoming over 8,000 people.