For horse racing fans the King George VI Chase is one of the highlights of the National Hunt season. Taking place over three miles, the runners and riders need to negotiate 18 fences as they compete to reach the finish post and claim victory in the classic steeplechase event. Here’s how you can watch the action on your TV or device this Christmas.
When and where is it run?
The race takes place at Kempton Park on Boxing day each year. At the time of writing the precise time of the event hasn’t been confirmed, but looking at previous years would suggest that it will be run around 3pm. This is borne out by the fact that the race has recently begun at 3:05pm (2017), 3:15pm (2016), and 3:10pm (2015), so expect a similar schedule for 2018.
Where can I watch the race?
On the free-to-air channels received by TVs across the UK you can watch the King George VI Chase this year on ITV. The channel has scheduled coverage for both the program at Kempton and Wetherby throughout Boxing Day.
You’ll need to be in the UK to access the ITV Hub content, as it’s still covered by the UK broadcasting laws.
If you're outside of the UK, you may be able to use a VPN to access the content. Check out our pick of the best VPNs, with the front runner NordVPN being the VPN of choice, but be aware that using a VPN in this way may break the terms and conditions of any streaming service you use.
Another possible avenue for watching the race online is by using Racing UK. This website also offers apps for Android, iPhone, and iPad, which allow users to see racing coverage from TV stations, replays of the full day’s racing card, plus a variety of stats, news pieces, and betting features that integrate with several major bookmakers across the UK. From January 1 2019 it will offer Live streaming from Ireland and Chelmsford.
For more tips on how to see the various festive entertainment on offer, read our How to watch the Queen’s speech, Best Christmas TV 2018, and Best Christmas movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Now TV guides.