By Simon Jackson.
The third running of the lucrative All-Weather Championships commence on October 29 at Lingfield Park and conclude at the same track with a £1.1million finals day on Good Friday 2016.
The £200,000 Coral Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Final is the feature event on finals day that includes another six championship races that each offer prizemoney of £150,000.
The other categories on finals day at the Surrey racecourse are 3-Y-O Sprint, 3-Y-O Mile, Sprint, Mile, Fillies & Mares and Marathon.
Horses qualify for the finals by racing three times on the All-Weather in France, Ireland or Britain, or by winning a stipulated Fast-Track Qualifying race, which guarantees the winner entry to the relevant final.
Contenders can also qualify by running twice on one of the designated all-weather surfaces and at least once on dirt at Meydan, Dubai.
“The All-Weather Championships, especially the £1.1 million Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, are now an established part of the British racing calendar,” Arena Racing Company (ARC) chief executive Martin Cruddace said.
“A particular thanks goes to the British Horseracing Authority and the horsemen for their practical support, the European Breeders Fund, which financially supports many races across the All-Weather Championships season, and Chelmsford City, Kempton Park, Dundalk, Cagnes-sur-Mer and Deauville racecourses.
“We would like to show our gratitude to our four sponsors, Coral, Ladbrokes, 32Red and Unibet, who were at the forefront of supporting the All-Weather Championships.
“Our media partner At The Races has provided exciting coverage from day one and we look forward again to Channel 4 broadcasting Finals Day in March live from Lingfield Park.
“As we enter the third season of the All-Weather Championships, we welcome runners from abroad and have done more to encourage them.
“The third All-Weather Championships will be about enjoying another winter of exciting racing, ahead of crowning seven new Champions on Good Friday.”
Lingfield Park is currently taking a four week break from racing. Their next race meeting is on Tuesday October 20.
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