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The first ever horse race at Kempton Park took place back in 1878 after the park had been purchased six years earlier. Then in 1889 incredibly a Royal Box was constructed in just 21 days for the visit of the Prince of Wales.
The grandstand suffered major damage to its restaurant, member’s stand and tattersalls bar as a result of a fire in 1932.
During both of the wars, Kempton Park was a victim when all racing was suspended and the site was used to aid the war effort. The racecourses at Gatwick, Hurst Park and Sandown adopted all Kempton’s fixtures till 1919.
In the second world war the racecourse played a major role in accommodating prisoners. The main-line rail station situated on the grounds of the course allowed German and Italian soldiers to be directly routed to the camp.
The current grandstand was completed in 1997, and in 2005 the racecourse was closed for the construction of an all-weather floodlit course.
BHEST stands for Horseracing Education & Standards Trust and Run British is horse-racing’s free education programme, Racing to School.
The programme supplements the National Curriculum with hands-on learning at the racecourses across the country and introduces new audiences to the sport.
Young people are greatly attracted to spend a day behind the scenes, and the unique racecourse setting offers a unique educational opportunity.
The younger kids are encouraged to take to the Parade Ring where they can learn to count the horses. From mathematics, they can also learn design through silks, or the science of nutrition through jockey’s diets.
Racing to School is a free programme open to students of all ages and sexes throughout the country. By enriching the National Curriculum by offering the program, it opens doors to the many career opportunities within the industry.
Kempton Park hosts both National Hunt racing and Flat racing, with the most famous race being the King George VI chase, run on Boxing Day, a grade 1 race. Also on Boxing Day, the Feltham’s Novices’ Chase takes place and is also a grade 1 race.
Past winners have been, Kauto Star and Long Run, the following day is the grade 2 race the Desert Orchid Chase.
Outside racing, Kempton Park is part of the community and home to a weekly market on Thursdays, and an antiques market on the second and last Tuesday of every month and seasonal wedding fairs. The Reception areas and two of the restaurants can be booked for private functions.
Kempton Park is part of the life of the local community and south west London.