The Rules

The All-Weather Championships runs from 27 October 2016 – 14 April 2017.
The Finals Day will take place at Lingfield Park Resort on Good Friday, 14 April 2017, featuring the six Championship Category Finals. The Total Prize Fund on the day for the 6 Races will be £1million.


Races run at Lingfield Park Racecourse, Newcastle, Southwell Racecourse, Wolverhampton Racecourse, Kempton Park Racecourse and Chelmsford City Racecourse are included in the All-Weather Championships and across six All-Weather Championships Categories.

3 Year OldMarathon
SprintMiddle Distance
MileFillies and Mares

There are two ways for a horse to qualify for an All-Weather Championship Finals Day Race: Either a horse must run a minimum of three times on the all-weather surfaces in Great Britain, Ireland or France during the Qualifying period which runs between 29 October 2015 and the six day entry stage for the Championships Final races and be rated high enough to ‘make the cut’ in a Championships Race by order of its Official BHA Rating.

 


 

OR

A HORSE CAN WIN A SPECIFIC FAST-TRACK QUALIFIER WHICH WILL QUALIFY FOR FREE AND GUARANTEED ENTRY INTO A SPECIFIC RACE ON FINALS DAY. HORSES TRAINED OUTSIDE GREAT BRITAIN ARE ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS.

There will be four ‘FAST-TRACK QUALIFIER’ races in each All-Weather Championship Categories. However, 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. Any horse qualifying for a guaranteed place in more than one of the Finals, by winning a Fast Track Qualifier race within more than one category, may be entered in each of the respective Finals for which they are qualified, but will only be able to be declared (at the 48 hour declaration stage) for one of the Finals.

In the event of a dead-heat in a Fast-Track Qualifier, the Free and Guaranteed entry will be given to all winning horses in that race. In the event of disqualification of the winner of a qualifier, the horse which is officially promoted to first place will be awarded the “Fast-Track Qualifier” entry.

View the Fast-Track Qualifiers dates here

In the event of two or more horses being rated the same for a place in the Championship Final Races, the places in the Championship Final will be awarded based on the following tie-breaking count-back rules:

1. No. of wins in the qualifying period
2. No. of 2nd’s in the qualifying period
3. No. of 3rd’s in the qualifying period
4. No. of 4th’s in the qualifying period
5. Random Ballot

Entry for the Championship Final races will be a 2 stage process:

1. 6 Day Entry
2. 48 Hour Declaration

NB:

The Official BHA Rating of entrants on the day prior to the 6 Day Entry Stage will be used to determine the finalists.
A reserve system will operate for the 7 Championship Final races in the same way that they currently operate for other notable races in Britain. Two reserves will be selected for each Final race. A horse will not be permitted to declare as a reserve if declaring for another race on the card.

In addition, a prize will be made to the All-Weather Champions in each of the following categories, which will be based solely on the number of winners:

1. Champion All-Weather Jockey
2. Champion All-Weather Trainer
3. Champion All-Weather Owner
4. Champion All-Weather Sire
5. Winning Most All-Weather Horse
6. In addition to the awards above, the horse who wins the most prize money during the period will become the ’All-Weather Horse of the Year’.