Monday 15th October 2018
All-Weather Championships - Sponsored By Be Wiser Insurance

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 tomorrow, 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.
or
* 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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