Racecourse operator ARC has hailed the success of the first ever All-Weather Championships which took place between October 2013 and April 2014 and culminated in the £1 Million Finals Day on Good Friday, 18April 2014.
Tony Kelly, ARC Managing Director, said: “We are really pleased Year One of the All-Weather Championships proved to be such a thorough success. I would like to thank everyone in British Racing who helped make it possible, as well the team at ARC for their incredible hard work in delivering the All-Weather Championships in such a short space of time.
“I would particularly like to thank the British Horseracing Authority for the inclusion of the Good Friday raceday in the fixture list, The Jockey Club and Kempton Park for their support, our media partners ATR and our sponsors Coral, Ladbrokes, 32Red and bookmakers.co.uk for coming on board with a new concept.”
Highlights from the 2014 All-Weather Championships include:
- A £2.2 million investment in prize money which ensured significant increases in prize money at every class of race over the winter;
- A 90% increase in the number of horses rated 100+ running on the all-weather over 2013-14, as opposed to the previous season;
- Four new track records which were all set at Lingfield Park;
- A £1 Million Finals Day which saw racing on Good Friday for the first time ever in Great Britain and a capacity crowd at Lingfield Park which boosted the Levy through oncourse, shop and online activity; and
- Increased viewing figures for At The Races with a significantly younger than usual audience.
Kelly added: “All-Weather racing has a vital role to play in British Racing, from ensuring horsemen have the opportunities they need to run their horses, through to the betting revenue it generates for the Levy. ARC is committed to continuing to invest in the All-Weather Championships and looks forward to making 2015 even bigger and better for all involved.”