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SHAPING THE FUTURE OF ALL-WEATHER RACING

Wed, Oct 9, 2013

• Arena Racing Company ("ARC") are proud to launch the brand new All-Weather Championships, injecting £2.0m in total prize money and creating the richest All-Weather race day in Europe.
• The concept of All-Weather racing is being rebranded with a new race programme and 52 new 2 & 3 class races.
• All races in the period at Britain's All-Weather tracks will count as qualifiers towards All-Weather Championship's Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday 18th April 2014.
• The £1.0m All-Weather Championships Finals Day will be the richest All-Weather card ever run in Europe.

ARC, as owners of three of the four All-Weather tracks in Britain have committed to £2.0m in extra prize funds per annum in an initial three year commitment to the improvement of the sport. The All-Weather Championships run throughout the season from October to April and culminate with the staging of the richest All-Weather card ever seen in Europe.

Across the season there will be 52 new class 2 and 3 races inserted in to a much improved race programme, which has been developed with the BHA, and which adds a further £1.0m into the Championships. In addition for All-Weather Championships Finals Day six new races have been created with a total prize fund of £1.0m on offer.

The All-Weather Championships will launch on 26th October at Wolverhampton and climax at Lingfield Park on Good Friday 18th April, 2014. Every race between those dates will count as qualifiers for one of the 6 Championship distances. Horses will qualify either through special win and you are in qualifiers or by being the top rated horses over each Championship distance.

The races will be held at all of the UK's All-Weather tracks at Lingfield Park, Wolverhampton and Southwell Racecourses and The Jockey Club's Kempton Park Racecourse.

Jim Allen, Racing Director at ARC said "Developing the Championships has been a combined effort and we are very grateful to our partners, Ladbrokes, Coral, 32Red and Bookmakers.co.uk for joining us in this new initiative for British All-Weather Racing. AtTheRaces will also be supporting the entire series with extensive coverage of the All-Weather Championships."

He added "Racegoers and punters alike will have an exciting season of racing to follow throughout the winter months. Considerable investment will be made into the promotion of the All-Weather Championships with the creation of a dedicated website and social media channels."

Tony Kelly, Managing Director at ARC said,

"It has been an exciting and challenging few months and I am delighted we have been able to launch the new All-Weather Championships for the 2013/2014 winter season. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our four sponsorship partners without whom we couldn't have achieved this. I would also like to thank our colleagues at the BHA and at the HBLB who not only embraced the idea, but worked with us to redesign the race programme.

We also undertook an extensive consultation process with the owners, trainers and jockeys associations as well as the Horsemen's Group, we are grateful for their interest and support and we look forward to seeing them enjoying the enhanced benefits throughout the winter.

We hope that this Championship heralds a new dawn for All-Weather racing in the UK and we are delighted to be leading the way in making that happen."

NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. Arena Racing Company owners of three of the four All-Weather tracks in Britain at Wolverhampton, Southwell and Lingfield Park. The All-Weather Championship runs from October to April and climaxes in the richest All-Weather card in Europe and will be held at Lingfield Park on Good Friday where over £1million in prize money will be available. The Championship consists of six different categories, namely 3 Year Olds, Fillies and Mares, Marathon, Sprint, Mile and Middle Distance. www.awchampionships.co.uk
2. AW Championship Finals Day is ranked in the top 10 flat total prize fund raceday's, and its positioning on Good Friday is expected to see a significant increase in Levy Yields.
3. The AW Championships is supported by partners Ladbrokes, Bookmakers.co.uk, Coral and 32Red and media partner At The Races.
4. Arena Racing Company (ARC) is the largest racecourse operator in the UK hosting nearly 40% of the fixture list. Fifteen racecourses make up the group including Bath, Brighton, Chepstow, Doncaster, Fontwell Park, Great Yarmouth, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Royal Windsor, Sedgefield, Southwell, Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton and Worcester. The Group also manages Ffos Las in West Wales.

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Kate Hills - PR