Kempton switch King George VI after Boxing Day abandoned

Kempton switch King George VI after Boxing Day abandoned

Kempton Park officials are confident of holding an eight race card on Monday after the Boxing Day meeting was abandoned following an early inspection on Friday.

Clerk of the course, Bill Clifford called off the Boxing Day card after checking conditions during the morning and will carry out a further inspection at 2.00pm on Sunday to decide if Monday’s meeting can go ahead.

Clifford said: "With temperatures forecast to rise to 3C on Monday morning, we are optimistic that racing will go ahead that day. Unfortunately, there is no prospect that the milder air will arrive in time for Boxing Day.

"There is no frost in the ground, but our protective covers are still frozen to the grass with some frozen snow on top of them, so we have no alternative but to abandon Boxing Day's racecard."

Boxing Day’s feature races will be switched to make up an eight race card starting at 11.50am on Monday with the £200,000 William Hill King George VI Chase going off at 3.15pm and the £90,000 williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle scheduled to run at 2.40pm.

2010 Sports Personality of the year winner, Tony McCoy is set to ride Kauto Star who will be bidding for a record fifth consecutive King George VI Chase.

McCoy gets his chance to ride the horse, which is 5/6 favourite with sponsors William Hill, after regular rider Ruby Walsh suffered a double break in his leg early in November then stable jockey Noel Fehily stood down after suffering an injured wrist.

McCoy said: "I thought I would never see another racehorse like Desert Orchid. Everyone will tell you Arkle is the best horse ever – and I don't know. But in my lifetime Kauto Star is the best horse I've ever seen.

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