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18th October 2013

Stars on Sunday at Kempton Park

It has been a very busy week  at Kempton Park for our small team. We have had three All Weather fixtures this week as well as preparing for William Hill Jump Sunday, the start of Kempton's NH Season.

I am incredibly proud of the work my team does. The Jumps track is looking in first order,  the Going is Good and in the run up to today (Friday) we have had 31 mm of rain. We look set for a great season.

William Hill Jump Sunday is a cracking card of seven races with runners declared from the yards of Paul Nicholls, Alan King, Donald McCain, Nicky Henderson, Charlie Longsdon, Nigel Twiston-Davies and Harry Fry among others.

The line up of jockeys is no less starry; AP McCoy as he continues his pursuit of 4000 winners, will come under orders with Sam Twiston-Davies, Nick Scholfield, Daryl Jacob, Richard Johnson and Jason Maguire among others.

The highlight of the day is the inaugural running of the Listed William Hill - Download the App Hurdle Race. This has been upgraded from a Class 2 conditions hurdle and will be the seasonal starting point of 2012 Champion Hurdle winner, Rock On Ruby and last season's highest rated novice hurdler, The New One.

It is fantastic to have two top-rated horses with Grade 1 targets starting off their season with us and I urge you to come to Kempton to see them. Hopefully we will be able to tempt them back for the William Hill Christmas Hurdle on Boxing Day!

Alongside a really good card, horse whisperer Gary Witherford will be in the paddock for a demonstration with his Andalusian stallion, Brujo. Then during racing, he and his son will be starting the education of a horse bought at the yearling sales last week, introducing saddle and bridle and starting to teach him his job.

So something for everyone. If you have missed the Jumps, there is no better place to be than Kempton Park on Sunday.

Barney Clifford is London Regional Head of Racing for Jockey Club Racecourses and Clerk of the Course at Kempton Park