The fourth season of the All-Weather Championships will see leading online betting operator, and Authorised Betting Partner of British Racing, 32Red continue headline sponsorship of two championship categories.
Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) is delighted to be continuing to work with 32Red who will sponsor the Three Year Old and Fillies & Mares championship categories. The 2016-17 All-Weather Championships will run from Thursday 27 October 2016 through to the £1 million Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, 14 April 2017. Finals Day will be broadcast live on At The Races and ITV4.
All races at the six all-weather racecourses in Great Britain between these dates will count as qualifying runs, with Newcastle Racecourse’s new tapeta track involved for the first time. The qualifying criteria for horses will remain the same as for the 2015-16 All-Weather Championships season. Full details of the 2016-17 All-Weather Championships, including the dates of the four Fast Track Qualifiers for each championship category, will be published in September.
This year will be the following six championship categories:
• Three Year Old
• Fillies & Mares
• Easter Classic Middle Distance
Each category will have a £150,000 Final on Good Friday with the exception of the Easter Classic Middle Distance which will be run for £200,000. On Finals Day the seventh race will be a £50,000 handicap for apprentice jockeys. Following a review of the All-Weather Championships categories it was decided there will be one Three Year Old category run over six furlongs in order to strengthen the championship category.
32Red Chief Executive Ed Ware, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our association with the All-Weather Championships which have proved such a great success since they were launched in 2013. All-weather racing is popular with our customers and it makes sense to ensure our brand is strongly associated with it.
“In addition, as an Authorised Betting Partner of British Racing we welcome the opportunity to work with ARC and all in the sport given the symbiotic nature of our two industries. We are really looking forward to the All-Weather Championships getting underway, with another fantastic £1 million Finals Day at Lingfield Park.”
ARC Head of Partnerships, David Leyden Dunbar, said: “The All-Weather Championships are raising the quality and prestige of all-weather racing. They give a focus to flat racing through the winter and the £1 million Finals Day at Lingfield Park have seen exciting racing and bumper crowds – an example of the best that British Racing has to offer as an exciting sport and fun day out.
“With over 1,500 races as part of the 2016-17 season across the six all-weather tracks in Great Britain this promises to be the biggest and best All-Weather Championships yet. In addition we are continuing to expand the All-Weather Championships with another season of Fast Track Qualifiers in France and Ireland. We would like to thank France Galop and Horse Racing Ireland for their ongoing assistance.
“As we head into the fourth season of the All-Weather Championships we are really pleased to be continuing to work with 32Red who are valuable partners of British Racing. They recognise the importance of the sport and the symbiotic nature of our two industries.
“We will be announcing other sponsors in due course.”