The William Hill King George VI Chase has been re-scheduled for Saturday 15 January, after attempts to stage the race today (Monday 27 December) had to be abandoned due to a frozen track.

Kauto Star’s attempt to achieve a record-breaking fifth victory in the race will now take place at Kempton Park racecourse on William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle day instead.

Kempton Park’s managing director Amy Starkey said: “We are naturally bitterly disappointed to have lost the William Hill Winter Festival to the severe winter weather. Everyone at the racecourse did all that they could to get racing on, but the elements defeated us.

“Though it has not taken place at Christmas as we expected, the whole of racing can now start looking forward once again to Kauto Star’s bid to win a record-breaking fifth William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton Park.”

Announcements about race times and admission prices are expected to be made this week. All advance bookings for the William Hill Winter Festival will be refunded.