A new category - Three-Year-Old Sprint - has been added to the exciting second All-Weather Championships season which starts at Lingfield Park on Thursday, October 30 - the 25th anniversary of the first All-Weather Racing in Great Britain.
Three-Year-Old Sprint becomes the seventh of the All-Weather Championships categories, joining Three-Year-Old, Sprint, Mile, Marathon, Fillies & Mares, and Middle Distance.
Jim Allen, Arena Racing Company Director of Racing, commented: The creation of the new Three-Year-Old Sprint category arose out of consultation with horsemen and the BHA.
We hope its inclusion will further support the sprint programme in Great Britain and give horses more opportunities to race throughout the winter months.
Last years Championship winners have continued to prove themselves, on both synthetic and turf surfaces, here in Great Britain and abroad.
We look forward to crowning more champions when the action gets underway on October 30 at Lingfield Park.
A new betting partner, Unibet, backs the Three-Year-Old Sprint Championship plus the Sprint Championship. The three other betting partners, Coral, Ladbrokes and 32Red, were involved in the very successful first All-Weather Championships season and continue their association this time.
Ed Nicholson, for Unibet, said: Unibet is delighted to be a sponsor of the All-Weather Championships.
One of our primary objectives since our re-launch in May, 2013 has been to ensure that those who like to bet on the horses know that Unibet offers a complete and competitive horseracing service.
The All-Weather Championships association, hot on the hooves of our partnership with Royal Windsor and our sponsorship of many of the countrys racecourse starting stalls, will go some way to achieving this aim.
The partnership provides us with an excellent platform to regularly educate that target group on the many special racing promotions and enhanced offers we have at Unibet on a daily basis.
Coral supports the Middle Distance Championship, while Ladbrokes sponsors the Mile Championship.
32Red backs three Championship categories - Three-Year-Old, Fillies & Mares and Marathon.
David Stevens of Coral said: The All-Weather Championships provide competitive and interesting racing throughout the winter months, with plenty of quality as well, including the Coral Easter Classic winner Grandeur, the star performer in our middle distance category last season.
We look forward to seeing that horse, and many more, back in action over the coming months.
David Williams from Ladbrokes commented: There was an element of trial and improvement but the first All-Weather Championships exceeded our hopes.
The very first Good Friday raceday at Lingfield will live long in the memory and serves as the template for what we should be aspiring to achieve more consistently in the years to come.
The involvement of Channel 4 was something we actively campaigned for last season and their presence this coming season will serve as a major boost - both in profile terms and as a means of driving turnover and revenues for the sport.
It is tremendous news and we are looking forward to making the second year of our partnership even better than the first.
32Red Chief Executive Officer Ed Ware declared: We are delighted to support and be involved with the All-Weather Championships again, which further underlines our commitment to the sport.
Last season was a resounding success for all concerned, and the fact that the Good Friday finale will now be live on Channel 4 is a much-welcomed, further springboard to the initiative.
It can only grow in strength and popularity, and shows what can be achieved when the sport pulls together.
Great Britains five All-Weather courses - Lingfield Park, Southwell and Wolverhampton, which are owned by ARC, plus Chelmsford City and Kempton Park - are all involved in the 2014-2015 All-Weather Championships.
George Baker, one of the leading jockeys during the first All-Weather Championships with 57 winners, is the new All-Weather Ambassador.
Born on September 1, 1982, six-foot Baker is one of the tallest Flat jockeys and has to sweat daily to keep his weight down to near 9st.
The Group One winning rider had his first winner on the All-Weather aboard Beauchamp Magic at Wolverhampton on December 4, 1999 and has long been one of the leading jockeys on artificial surfaces.
Baker said: The All-Weather has allowed me to progress as a jockey and I will always be grateful for the opportunities it gave me to gain valuable experience.
The first All-Weather Championships raised the profile of All-Weather Racing considerably and also boosted prize money levels.
I was lucky enough to win on Litigant in the 32Red Casino All-Weather Marathon Championships on Finals Day. It was fantastic to see Lingfield Park packed with racegoers and so many children present.
The day was a total vindication of racing on Good Friday for the first time ever.
Two of the betting partners mentioned Channel 4 Racings new involvement with Finals Day, Good Friday, April 3, 2015. It was announced on September 15 that Channel 4 will broadcast live the second All-Weather Championships Finals Day from Lingfield Park, following the enormous success of the sell-out Finals Day on Good Friday this year.
ARCs media partner At The Races is offering an All-Weather Championships Game with a first prize of £10,000 in cash & the title of All-Weather Champion Tipster.
Tickets for the raceday celebrating the 25th anniversary of All-Weather Racing, at Lingfield Park on Thursday, October 30 are on sale via http://www.lingfieldpark.co.uk/fixtures/celebrating-25-years-of-all-weather-racing. People can also buy tickets for the All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Lingfield Park, Good Friday, April 3 through the same website, www.lingfieldpark.co.uk
Tony Kelly, Managing Director of ARC, remarked: We are out to prove that All-Weather Racing can be as competitive, compelling and attractive as racing on turf in the UK.
Last season proved that quality horses will run if the race programme is sufficiently attractive and we fully expect to see that trend continue this year. Over time, we hope to raise the profile of this part of our sport for all its participants.
The official launch of the 2014-2015 All-Weather Championships takes place at Lingfield Park on Thursday, October 30.
Andrew Perkins, Lingfield Park Resort Executive Director, added: The first All-Weather Championship Finals Day will go down in history as one of Lingfield Parks greatest moments and the whole team is extremely proud to have been part of that.
We are now very much looking forward to being part of the forthcoming season and delivering another fantastic Finals Day in 2015.
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Notes to editors
Please find more information from the following Internet sites
All-Weather Championships: http://www.awchampionships.co.uk/
At The Races Championship Game: https://attheraces.racecaller.com/
Contacts for betting partners
Coral - David Stevens 07720 400438
Ladbrokes - David Williams 07976 180236
32Red - Tony Calvin 07881 508 999
Unibet - Ed Nicholson 07767 480274
Winners on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 18, 2014
32Red.com Fillies & Mares Championships Living the Life (Henry R Nothhaft) Phil McEntee Adam Kirby
32Red.com Three-Year-Old Championships Ertijaal (Hamdan Al Maktoum) William Haggas Paul Hanagan
32Red.com Marathon Championships Litigant (A Byrne) Seamus Durack George Baker
Bookmakers.co.uk Sprint Championship Alben Star (J K Shannon) Richard Fahey Paul Hanagan
Ladbrokes Mile Championships Captain Cat (Season Holidays) Roger Charlton James Doyle
Coral Middle Distance Championships Grandeur (Miss Yvonne Jacques) Jeremy Noseda Ryan Moore
Living The Life has moved to America and won both her races there, including the Grade Two Presque Isle Downs Masters on September 8. Captain Cat has won two Group Three races, at Salisbury and Haydock Park, since his Ladbrokes Mile Championships triumph, been placed twice at Group Two level and run well to be fifth in the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sponsored by QIPCO at Ascot on October 18. Grandeur has reached the frame in three American Grade One races over the summer and captured a Goodwood Listed contest on September 24.
Leading Horses, Trainers, Owners and Jockeys during First All-Weather Championships
Position Horse Wins
1 Alumina 6
Mr Burbidge 6
3 Spellmaker 5
Tee It Up Tommo 5
Position Trainer Points
1 Mark Johnston 68
2 Michael Appleby 46
3 David Evans 36
Position Owner Points
1 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 46
2 Godolphin 16
3 Dr Marwan Koukash 15
Position Jockey Points
1 Adam Kirby 90
2 Luke Morris 75
3 Joe Fanning 64