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Thrilling All-Weather Championships return at Newcastle a week today

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17 October 2018

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The exciting sixth season of the continuing success story, the All-Weather Championships, starts at Newcastle Racecourse on Tuesday, October 23 and culminates with the tremendous £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 19, 2019.

Headlining the seven-race programme at Newcastle on October 23 is the £25,000 Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost Conditions Race over six furlongs on Tapeta, the first of 24 Fast-Track Qualifiers during the 2018/19 All-Weather Championships.

 

There are four Fast-Track Qualifiers for each of the six categories. The Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost Conditions Race gives the winner a guaranteed and free place in the £150,000 Ladbrokes Three-Year-Old All-Weather Championship on Good Friday next year.

 

Entries for the Newcastle race will be published just after 12 noon today, Wednesday, October 17.

 

Season six of the All-Weather Championships has the same six championship categories as season five, with Ladbrokes returning as one of the three sponsors alongside existing backers Betway and Sun Racing.

 

The All-Weather Championships categories are as follows:

£150,000 Three-Year-Olds sponsored by Ladbrokes - 6f Final

£150,000 Fillies & Mares sponsored by Ladbrokes - 7f Final

£150,000 Mile sponsored by Sun Racing - 1m Final

£150,000 Sprint sponsored by Betway - 6f Final

£150,000 Marathon sponsored by Betway - 2m Final

£200,000 Middle Distance sponsored Betway - 10f Final

 

The All-Weather Championships have gone from strength to strength since launching in 2013/14, improving the quality and prestige of All-Weather Racing in Britain and beyond.

 

Finals Day 2018 demonstrated the growing overseas appeal of the All-Weather Championships, with French challengers capturing three of the six championship category finals from the record eight runners from France and Ireland.

 

The most impressive of the French-trained winners, Betway All-Weather Sprint Champion City Light, captured a G3 contest at Longchamp on his next start before going down by a short-head to Merchant Navy in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

 

Funny Kid, who carries the famous colours of Alain and Gérard Wertheimer, swooped late to land the Betway All-Weather Marathon Championship and followed that up with a comfortable victory in the G3 Prix de Barbeville at Longchamp on April 29.

 

Ladbrokes will also sponsor the £100,000 Listed Ladbrokes Burradon Stakes, which forms part of the £250,000 card at Newcastle on Good Friday, April 19, 2019.

 

The inaugural running of the mile contest in 2017 was won by subsequent G2 scorer Forest Ranger, while the 2018 victor Gronkowski went on to finish second behind US Triple Crown winner Justify in the G1 Belmont Stakes in June.

 

There are two ways for horses to qualify for one of the finals on All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park:

 

* A horse can win a 'Fast Track Qualifier' race which will ensure a FREE and GUARANTEED place in the corresponding final on Good Friday. There are four Fast Track Qualifiers in each of the six Championship Categories hosted at racecourses in Great Britain, Ireland and France. If a filly wins any of the Fast-Track Qualfier races for either the Sprint or the Mile categories, the filly will be qualified for the final of that specific category, or for the Fillies and Mares Final.

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* A horse must run a minimum of three times on the All-Weather surfaces in Great Britain, Ireland and France; or twice on the All-Weather surfaces in Great Britain, Ireland, France and once on dirt in Dubai during the qualifying period between October 23, 2018 and the six-day entry stage for the finals (Saturday, April 13, 2019) and then be rated high enough to 'make the cut' in a final by order of its BHA Rating.

 

There are six All-Weather racecourses in Britain - Chelmsford City (Polytrack), Kempton Park (Polytrack), Lingfield Park (Polytrack), Newcastle (Tapeta), Southwell (Fibresand) and Wolverhampton (Tapeta) - with all bar Southwell staging Fast-Track Qualifiers.

 

There are two Fast-Track Qualifiers in Ireland at Dundalk (Polytrack), plus three in France at Chantilly (Polytrack), Deauville (Polytrack) and Cagnes-sur-Mer (Polytrack).

 

2019 is 30 years on from the introduction of All-Weather Racing into Britain. The first All-Weather raceday was staged at Lingfield Park on October 30, 1989, with the opening race going the way of the Conrad Allen-trained Niklas Angel, partnered by Richard Quinn and owned by Peter Charalambous.

 

The 24 Fast-Track Qualifiers are scheduled as follows:

 

Category

Date

Racecourse

Distance

 

3YO

23 October 2018

Newcastle

6f

Conditions

FILLIES & MARES

01 November 2018

Lingfield Park

8f

Listed (Fleur De Lys)

SPRINT

17 November 2018

Lingfield Park

6f

Listed (Golden Rose)

MIDDLE DISTANCE

17 November 2018

Lingfield Park

10f

Listed (Churchill)

MILE

21 November 2018

Kempton Park

8f

Listed (Hyde)

MIDDLE DISTANCE

29 November 2018

Deauville (FR)

10f

Listed (Lyphard)

3YO

08 December 2018

Wolverhampton

6f

Conditions

MARATHON

15 December 2018

Newcastle

16f

Conditions

FILLIES & MARES

02 January 2019

Wolverhampton

7f

Conditions

3YO

04 January 2019

Kempton Park

6f

Conditions

MILE

11 January 2019

Dundalk (IRE)

8f

Conditions

MARATHON

14 January 2019

Wolverhampton

16f

Conditions

SPRINT

22 January 2019

Newcastle

5f

Conditions

SPRINT

02 February 2019

Lingfield Park

6f

Listed (Cleves)

MIDDLE DISTANCE

02 February 2019

Lingfield Park

10f

Listed (Winter Derby Trial)

FILLIES & MARES

07 February 2019

Chelmsford City

8f

Conditions

MILE

16 February 2019

Cagnes-sur-Mer (FR)

8f

Listed (Saonois)

MARATHON

16 February 2019

Kempton Park

16f

Conditions

3YO

20 February 2019

Newcastle

5f

Conditions

MIDDLE DISTANCE

23 February 2019

Lingfield Park

10f

Group 3 (Winter Derby)

FILLIES & MARES

01 March 2019

Dundalk (IRE)

7f

Conditions

SPRINT

05 March 2019

Chantilly (FR)

6f

 

MILE

09 March 2019

Wolverhampton

7f

Listed (Lady Wulfruna)

MARATHON

09 March 2019

Chelmsford City

16f

Conditions

 

In addition to the fantastic prize money on offer during the All-Weather Championships, up to £10,000 will go to each of the All-Weather Champions - the 'All Stars' - based on the number of winners at the end of All-Weather Championships season:

 

Champion All-Weather Jockey (£8,000 to the winner (Luke Morris last season/£2,000 to the runner-up - this is first time there has been an official runner-up)

 

Champion All-Weather Apprentice Jockey (£4,000 to the winner/£1,000 to the runner-up - a totally new award)

 

Champion All-Weather Trainer (£10,000 - Mick Appleby 2018)

 

Champion All-Weather Owner (£10,000 - Godolphin 2018)

 

Winning Most All-Weather Horse (£10,000 - Captain Lars & Spare Parts 2018)

 

All-Weather Horse Of The Year (based on prize money won during the Championships) (£10,000 - Victory Bond 2018)

 

There was a thrilling struggle during the fifth All-Weather Championships for Winning Most All-Weather Horse, with the battle only being settled on the last day - Finals Day, Good Friday, 2018.

 

Remarkably, the Archie Watson-trained Captain Lars and Spare Parts, trained by Phil McEntee, had both won seven times, finished second twice, third twice and fourth once.

 

With both Captain Lars in the Betway Sprint Handicap at Newcastle and Spare Parts in the Sunbets All-Weather Mile Championships at Lingfield Park finishing unplaced (each came home ninth), there was an honourable tie.

 

For more information on the All-Weather Championships, please visit www.awchampionships.co.uk

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