BRITAIN’S FOURTH ALL-WEATHER CHAMPIONSHIPS START ON THURSDAY

October 24th, 2016 Fast-Track Qualifier

The very successful All-Weather Championships, run for the fourth season, commence at Lingfield Park on Thursday, October 27, with six British courses involved for the first time and continuing input from overseas racing.

There is a new look to the fixtures on Finals Day, Good Friday on April 14 next year, with the £1-million programme of races at Lingfield Park being augmented by racing at two more Arena Leisure Company racecourses, Newcastle, which will stage a £250,000 All-Weather card, and Bath with turf racing worth a total of £175,000. Finals Day will be broadcast live on both At The Races and ITV4.

There are two new sponsors for the fourth All-Weather Championships, Betway and Sun Bets, both Authorised Betting Partners of British Racing, who join 32Red, an original backer from 2013, as category sponsors.

Six All-Weather Championships categories will be involved during the 2016-17 season which is from Thursday, October 27 through to the £1-million Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday. There were seven Categories in 2015-2016, with the two Three-Year-Old ones and Finals over five furlongs and a mile, and this has been changed into one Three-Year-Old category with a Final over six furlongs.

Every race at the six All-Weather racecourses in Great Britain – Chelmsford City (Polytrack), Kempton Park (Polytrack), Lingfield Park (Polytrack), Newcastle (Tapeta), Southwell (Fibresand) and Wolverhampton (Tapeta) – between these dates will count as qualifying runs, with Newcastle Racecourse’s new Tapeta track, which opened to plaudits on May 17 after a £12-million development, involved for the first time.

Every All-Weather Championship race at ARC’s four such tracks – Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Southwell and Wolverhampton – will include sectional timing information produced by Total Performance Data, which will be available on the At The Races website.

There are 24 Fast-Track Qualifiers, four in each of the six categories, where horses can gain automatic and free entry to the respective Finals.

The Fast-Track Qualifiers are scheduled at five British racecourses, Chelmsford City (two), Kempton Park (three), Lingfield Park (six), Newcastle (three) and Wolverhampton (four), plus three overseas racecourses, Dundalk (four), Ireland’s only All-Weather track, and two French courses, Cagnes-Sur-Mer (one) and Deaville (one).

 

The six 2016-2017 All-Weather Championships’ categories are:

Three-Year-Old over 6 furlongs (sponsored by 32Red) – £150,000 Final.

Fillies & Mares over 7 furlongs (sponsored by 32Red) – £150,000 Final.

Mile over 8 furlongs (sponsored by Sun Bets) – £150,000 Final.

Sprint over 6 furlongs (sponsored by Betway) – £150,000 Final.

Marathon over 16 furlongs (sponsored by Betway) – £150,000 Final.

Middle Distance over 10 furlongs (sponsored Betway) – £200,000 Final.

 

The seventh race on Finals Day at Lingfield Park will be a £50,000 handicap for apprentice jockeys.

 

The qualifying criteria for horses, who do not win a Fast-Track Qualifier, to race in any of the Finals is as follows.

a) Racing three times on an All-Weather surface in Britain, France or Ireland during the All-Weather Championships season and then having a high enough rating to make the cut.

b) Racing three times during the All-Weather Championship period, including twice on a designated All-Weather surface in Great Britain, Ireland or France and at least once on dirt at Meydan, Dubai.

 

Champions of the 2016-2017 All-Weather Championships will again receive £10,000 each. There will be seven Champions at the end of 2016-2017 All-Weather Championships season:

 

1) Champion All-Weather Jockey (based on the number of winners)

2) Champion All-Weather Trainer (based on the number of winners)

3) Champion All-Weather Owner (based on the number of winners)

4) Champion All-Weather Sire (based on the number of winners)

5) Winning Most All-Weather Horse (based on the number of winners)

6) All-Weather Horse of the year (based on prize money won)

7) Champion Tipster (run by At The Races)

ARC Chief Executive Martin Cruddace said today: “We have been thrilled with how exciting the first three seasons of the All-Weather Championships have proved.

“We are looking forward to another exciting season of All-Weather racing ahead of the £1-million Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, which this year will joined by a £250,000 card at Newcastle Racecourse and a £175,000 card at Bath Racecourse.

“We are really pleased to welcome back 32Red as category sponsors as they continue their successful partnership with the All-Weather Championships for the fourth year.

“This season they will be joined by new category sponsors Betway and Sun Bets.  As Authorised Betting Partners, all three betting companies recognise the value of British Racing to their business and we are really excited to have the chance to be working with them all.

“I am also pleased to welcome Be Wiser Insurance as the ‘Official Partner’ of the All-Weather Championships across ARC’s racecourses.

“As with previous years, we have received support from numerous organisations. In particular, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the British Horseracing Authority, the European Breeders Fund, our racecourse partners Chelmsford City, Kempton Park, Dundalk Stadium, Cagnes-sur-Mer and Deauville, as well as France Galop and Horse Racing Ireland.

“Most importantly, we greatly appreciate the support of owners, trainers, jockeys and stable staff who are crucial to ensuring the All-Weather Championships are a continued success.

“As we enter the 2016-17 All-Weather Championships, we can look forward to enjoying another winter of thrilling racing ahead of crowning new champions on Good Friday.

“We are delighted to be publishing the fourth Information Pack for the All-Weather Championships (click here), which is a very useful guide.”

 

For further information please contact:

Susannah Gill            Director of External Affairs

Arena Racing Company

Office: 020 7802 5120 Mobile:  07751 870 929 Email: sgill@arenaracingcompany.co.uk

 

Sam Cone      PR & Communications Manager

Arena Racing Company

Office: 020 7802 5120 Mobile:  07920 404 296 Email: scone@arenaracingcompany.co.uk

 

About the All-Weather Championships:

The fourth All-Weather Championships runs from Thursday, October 27, 2016 and culminates with All-Weather Championships Finals Day on Good Friday, April 14, 2017, at Lingfield Park. The seven races on All-Weather Championships Finals Day are worth a total of £1 million.

Horses can qualify for one of the races on Finals Day by racing three times on an All-Weather surface in Britain, France or Ireland. Horses need to be high enough rated to run in one of the six Finals, each worth at least £150,000 with the exception of the Betway Easter Classic which will be worth £200,000, or they can make sure of participation by winning a Fast-Track Qualifier, which grants free and guaranteed entry.

The other way to qualify for one of the Finals is to run three times during the Championship period, including twice on a designated All-Weather surface in Great Britain, Ireland or France and at least once on dirt at Meydan, Dubai.

 

The six championship categories are:

Three-Year-Old over 6 Furlongs (sponsored by 32Red)

Fillies & Mares over 7 Furlongs (sponsored by 32Red)

Mile over 8 Furlongs (sponsored by Sun Bets)

Sprint over 6 Furlongs (sponsored by Betway)

Marathon over 16 Furlongs (sponsored by Betway)

Middle Distance over 10 Furlongs (sponsored Betway)

 

There are four Fast-Track Qualifiers for each race category on the following dates: http://awchampionships.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/AWC-2016-17-Fast-Track-Qualifiers-Download-1.pdf

 

In addition to the prize money available, £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

Champion All-Weather Trainer

Champion All-Weather Owner

Champion All-Weather Sire

Winning Most All-Weather Horse

All-Weather Horse of the year (based on prize money won during Championships)

Champion Tipster (run by At The Races)

Every All-Weather Championship race at ARC’s four all-weather tracks – Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Southwell and Wolverhampton – will include sectional timing information produced by Total Performance Data. All sectional timing information will be available after every race on the At The Races website.

32Red, Sun Bets and Betway are Category Sponsors, with Be Wiser Insurance the Official Partner of the All-Weather Championships.

For full information on the All-Weather Championships please visit the dedicated website: www.awchampionships.co.uk

For the Information Pack for the All-Weather Championships click here

 

About Betway:

The Betway Group is a leading provider of first-class entertainment across sports betting, casino, bingo and poker. Launched in 2006, the company operates across a number of regulated online markets and holds licences in the UK, Malta, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Ireland. Based in Malta and Guernsey, with support from London, Isle of Man, Stockholm and Cape Town, the Betway team comprises over 1,000 people. Betway prides itself on providing its customers with a bespoke, fun and informed betting experience, supported by a safe and secure environment. Betway is a member of several prominent industry-related bodies, including ESSA, the Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS) and the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), and is accredited by trusted international testing agency eCOGRA. It is also a partner of the Professional Players Federation (PPF) and is a donor to the Responsible Gambling Trust. In addition to the flagship Betway brand, the Betway Group operates a number of other brands including Dream Bingo, Bingo on the Box, Spin Casino and the Hippodrome Online Casino. For more information about Betway’s various products and licenced brands, please visit www.betwaygroup.com

 

About 32Red:

32Red Plc established in 2002, is an award-winning online casino, sports, poker and bingo operator and is listed on the London Stock Exchange governed Alternative Investment Market (AIM). 32Red’s brands include the multi-award winning 32Red.com online casino, Roxy Palace, 32Red Sport, 32Red Bingo and 32Red Poker. The company offers its leading online gaming entertainment across mobile and desktop platforms enabling players to enjoy the games they want, in the format they want. 32Red is licensed and regulated by the Government of Gibraltar, where the Company’s operations are located. 32Red is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission.

 

About Sun Bets:

Sun Bets is the latest addition to The Sun’s stable of sport and entertainment products, and follows on from the Dream Team fantasy football game and Sun Bingo. It is set to complement News UK’s Premier League and Scottish Premier League highlight video rights as well as the company’s proposed acquisition of Wireless Group, which owns stations TalkSport and TalkSport 2.

 

About Be Wiser Insurance:

Be Wiser Insurance is an award-winning independent insurance broker which was set up in 2007 and has enjoyed tremendous growth by offering competitively priced motor, home and business insurance policies backed up by excellent service levels. Growing to more than 700 staff, the company has approximately 220,000 clients. The company focuses on motor, home and business insurance