The third race that takes place on Day One, King George VI Chase Day, at The Kempton Park Christmas Festival every December is The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase.
The King George VI Chase, The Desert Orchid Chase, and The Christmas Hurdle Race are among the highlights of the Christmas Festival, which takes place over two days and features world-class jump racing.
The King George VI Chase, which was won by Kauto Star five times with Ruby Walsh atop, is commonly referred to as the second most prestigious steeplechase in Britain, surpassed only by The Cheltenham Gold Cup.
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About The Race
The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase is a Grade 1, Class 1 National Hunt Great British Breeders Fund steeplechase for novice horses that serves as the third race of Day One at Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival.
Contested by horses aged four years old and above, The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase runs exactly 3 miles of Kempton Park Racecourse and features a number of obstacles for the novices to clear.
A generous prize pool worth £80,000 was on offer last Boxing Day, which was shared proportionately between the first four horses to complete the race in the following manner:
1st place – 7/4 Shan Blue (IRE) – £45,560
2nd place – 16/5 The Big Breakaway (IRE) – £17,096
3rd place – 4/1 If The Cap Fits (IRE) – £8,560
4th place – 40/1 Golan Fortune (IRE) – £4,264
The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase will commence at approximately 13:50 on Sunday the 26th of December 2021.
The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase is an intensely fought steeplechase featuring a small to medium-sized field of runners that have hopes and dreams of working their way up to The King George VI Chase itself.
Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race at Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse last time out in 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):
- Enrilo (FR) – Pulled Up – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
- Golan Fortune (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 40/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Kielan Woods and trained by Phil Middleton
- If The Cap Fits (IRE) – third-place finish – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Harry Fry
- Kalooki (GER) – Pulled Up – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Philip Hobbs
- One For The Team (GB) – fifth-place finish – 18/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by Nick Williams
- Shan Blue (IRE) – first-place finish – 7/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
- The Big Breakaway (IRE) – second-place finish – 16/5 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard
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On Day One of The Christmas Festival last Boxing Day, odds ranged from 7/4 for the race favourite Shan Blue and stretched as high as 40/1 for the longest outsider Golan Fortune who managed a fourth-place finish.
The 2020 edition of this race was in fact won by the race favourite, turning £25 outright backing stakes into £93,75 in returns, £68.75 in profits.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase on King George VI Chase Day at The Christmas Festival, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
The most recent edition of The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase took place at Kempton Park Racecourse last December and was won by 7/4 priced race favourite Shan Blue, ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton.
16/5 priced third-favourite The Big Breakaway finished three and three-quarter lengths behind Shan Blue in second place, followed by 4/1 priced third-favourite If The Cap Fits in third place and 40/1 priced outsider Golan Fortune in fourth.
Slate House, the 3/1 priced third-favourite, ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard came in first place in The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase on King George VI Chase Day at Kempton Park Racecourse in 2019.
9/4 priced race favourite Black Op finished a length and a quarter behind Slate House in second place, followed by 6/1 priced Danny Whizzbang in third place and 10/1 priced Jarveys Plate in fourth.
Back at Kempton Park Racecourse in 2018, The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase during The Christmas Festival was won by 8/1 priced La Bague Au Roi, ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by William Greatrex.
5/1 priced Topofthegame finished a length and a half behind La Bague Au Roi in second place, followed by 11/10 priced race favourite Santini in third place and 25/1 priced outsider Red Indian in fourth.
At The Christmas Festival in December 2017, The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase was won by 4/1 priced third-favourite Black Corton, ridden by jockey Bryony Frost and trained by Paul Nicholls.
11/2 priced Elegant Escape finished a length and a half behind Black Corton in second place, followed by 11/1 priced West Approach in third place and 11/4 priced second-favourite Ballyoptic in fourth.