The All Weather Championships, a huge success story for British racing, and one that everyone wants to be involved with. It provides racing on an All-Weather surface thus ensuring year-round quality racing, whatever the weather. Since those far-off days in 1989 when Lingfield hosted the first ever all-weather fixture on October 30th, the idea has blossomed and British racing has reaped huge benefits from what at the time was perceived to be a lowly product. This has proved to be far from the case and the championships is eagerly awaited with excitement each year.
This year is no exception, and with the arrival of some exciting new sponsors the continued success of the championships is ensured, and with an additional £2 Million of prize money the excitement and interest will be higher than ever.
ARC, as the owner of The All-Weather Championships, have propelled the sport to a whole new level and the All-Weather racecard will be the richest Europe has ever seen. 208 fixtures will incorporate 1500 flat races, starting on Saturday 26th October and culminating in Finals day on 18th April. They will involve four racecourses, namely Lingfield Park, Southwell, Kempton Park and Wolverhampton. Huge investments have been made to the polytrack surfaces at Wolverhampton, Lingfield and Kempton Park, with considerable investment at Southwell to their Fibresand circuit. This is aimed at attracting some of the highest-rated horses from the top stables and providing some top quality competitive racing.
The aim of The Championships is to keep horses in training throughout the winter months and increasing field sizes resulting in greater excitement, competition and betting turnover.
Six different categories of racing are involved. These comprise 3 year-olds, Marathon, Sprint, Fillies and Mares, Sprint, Mile and Middle distance horses, thus ensuring something to test each and every jockey, horse and trainer.
This year’s sponsorship has been provided by some of the biggest names in British racing – Ladbrokes, Bookmakers.co.uk, Coral and 32Red.
Ladbrokes are one of the most famous betting names in the racing world, with origins that can be traced back to 1886. They are the UK’s largest betting company and the world’s largest retail bookie with over 2,400 betting shops mainly in the UK and Ireland. Ladbrokes will be sponsors of The Mile Championships.
Bookmakers.co.uk are relatively new to the scene, and provide a refreshing view of the betting scene in the UK, with in-depth analysis of the best betting offers and odds to be found anywhere online, as well as up-to-the-minute coverage of happenings in the sporting world. Bookmakers.co.uk will sponsor The Sprint Championships.
Coral are another of the giants in UK racing circles, having been formed in 1926, and boasts over 1700 betting shops throughout the UK, with over 11,000 staff. They are a well-trusted bookmaker both on the high-street and online. Coral are to sponsor The Middle Distance Championships.
32Red have established themselves as the UK’s premier gaming company online. Their support of the horse racing industry was re-inforced in 2009 with the sponsorship of the Flat Jockey Championship. 32Red will sponsor The 3 year old Championships, The Marathon Championships, and The Fillies and Mares Championships.
The All-Weather Championships is guaranteed to be even more exciting than last year, with more prize money and forward-looking new sponsors. The future of the event is looking better than ever.