First run in 1937, the Grade One William Hill King George VI Chase assembles many of Britain and Ireland’s leading steeplechasers for the prestigious race.
Traditionally held on Boxing Day at Kempton Park and run over three miles, the William Hill King George VI Chase boasts an illustrious roll of honour of winners, and is widely regarded as one of the most important races in the National Hunt calendar.
Since its inception, the Grade One event has produced no less than 13 multiple winners of the race, including Desert Orchid, who in 1990 gained a fourth success in the race, following victories in 1986, 1988 and 1989. However, no horse has enjoyed more success in this race than five-time winner Kauto Star, whose 36-length victory in the 2009 renewal remains one of the greatest steeplechasing performances of the modern era.
Last year’s winner, Silviniaco Conti bids to make it three in a row and a record breaking tenth win in the race for champion trainer Paul Nicholls.
Silviniaco Conti after his second King George VI win at Kempton