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Kempton, home of the King George VI Chase, could close for redevelopment

Kempton, home of the King George VI Chase, could be closed for housing redevelopment from 2021.

The planned £500 million of investments to be made in the sport in a 10-year plan proposed by the Jockey Club would see Kempton proposed as a future redevelopment site, with a new all-weather venue to be built if that idea goes ahead.

The Jockey Club's land at The Links in Newmarket is the front-runner as the location for a new floodlit artificial track, with the King George switching to Sandown.

Kempton, home of the King George VI Chase Credit: PA

The Kempton estate - on which it is anticipated any future development on racecourse land would be from 2021 at the earliest, subject to a successful planning process - has been submitted for consideration.

However, the Jockey Club insists Kempton will only be redeveloped if the move will generate in excess of "100m investment and the proposed all-weather circuit at Newmarket is given the green light£.

The Jockey Club is governed by Royal Charter to act for the long-term good of British racing.

One of the ways we want to live up to that is through a series of projects that offer benefits all around the country and collectively add up to us contributing more than half a billion pounds to the sport over the next decade from its grassroots to top level.

We must show leadership with the assets we have and, where merited, take tough decisions to help our sport to keep moving forwards. The decision to submit our estate at Kempton Park for consideration in the Local Plan is unique and has not been taken lightly.

– Roger Weatherby, senior steward of the Jockey Club