The King George VI Chase was first run in 1937 during the first year of the reign of King George VI. There were only 4 runners and it was won by twelve-year-old Southern Hero. After the first two runnings, the course was closed from 1939-1946 as Kempton Park was used for World War II prisoners of war. The race resumed in 1947.
It is regarded as the second most prestigious chase in England behind the Gold Cup. In some years it has been cancelled because of bad weather such as snow and heavy frosts, or postponed until early January because of the weather. The 2010 running was actually on 15 January 2011 because of snow and frost. For many, the race is the highlight of the Christmas season and has attracted some of the most popular and highly regarded chasers in Europe.
When Frodon won in 2020 it was the 12th victory for trainer Paul Nicholls. Just like Bart Cummings made the Melbourne Cup his own, Paul Nicholls has done the same with this three-mile steeplechase.