By Simon Jackson.
Arena Racing Company (ARC) has announced that the £1million All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park next April will be shown live on Channel 4.
History was created in April this year with the inaugural running of the finals when horse racing was staged on Good Friday for the first time in Britain.
Finals Day attracted almost 9,000 people to Lingfield Park to witness the outcome of the six championship races from the all-weather competition that ran from October 2013 to April 2014.
The series this year starts at finishes at Lingfield where it commences on October 30 and culminates on Good Friday, April 3, 2015.
“ARC and Channel 4 enjoy working together to help showcase British racing,” ARC’s managing director, Tony Kelly, said.
“The ARC team is absolutely delighted Channel 4 will be showing the All-Weather Championships £1 million Finals Day next year. After only their first year the All-Weather Championships are already making a positive impact on raising the profile and prestige of all-weather racing in Great Britain.
“We would particularly like to thank our sponsors who showed belief in the initiative from the outset.
“We are eager to get started on Year Two and look forward to both Channel 4 and At The Races continuing to do a fantastic job of showcasing racing across ARC’s racecourses as we seek to promote and grow British Racing in the years ahead.”
Lingfield Park’s managing director Andrew Perkins said: “The first year of the All-Weather Championships saw a crowd of nearly 9,000 pack out Lingfield Park.
“We enjoyed wonderful spring time weather this year which as we know in Great Britain cannot be depended upon but with top class racing and lots of other attractions for racegoers of all ages the team at Lingfield Park are already looking forward to a wonderful 2015 All-Weather Championships Finals Day.”
Championships Finals Day comprised contests for three-year-olds, fillies and mares, a marathon, sprint, mile and a middle distance race.