Hill thrilled to have more owners back on course for Finals Day

Published 2021/04/02

Hill thrilled to have more owners back on course for Finals Day Clerk of the Course George Hill is delighted to be able to welcome an increased number of owners to Lingfield Park today for All-Weather Championships Finals Day.

The seven-race programme starts at 2.00pm with the Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships and runs through until 5.15pm.

The going is Standard. Hill said:

“We have managed to increase the number of owners from two per horse to four per horse. We have been dealing with the local council and have done really well to get that permission through for Finals Day.

“We are just delighted to have owners back on the track. It has been a long few months with very little atmosphere and the racedays throughout January, February and March have been quiet. This is hopefully the start of better things to come for the summer ahead.

“The green zone is for jockeys and so on whereas the amber zone is solely for owners. They have a different entrance and exit and are completely separated throughout the day. As a result of the layout here at Lingfield, we have adapted the traditional winner’s enclosure outside the weighing room and moved it into the parade ring for the first four horses. The owners have access to the pre-parade ring and the parade ring, which now doubles up as the winner’s enclosure, so they can get a bit closer to their horses.

“We are looking at having close to 100 owners with us today. It is not as many as we would’ve had in previous years, but hopefully those in attendance will enjoy being back here. We have a fantastic card for Finals Day – it has been a long two years waiting for this day to come around.”

Regarding the track, Hill added:

“It has been a routine preparation. We are very lucky to have George Ash, who is in charge of the Polytrack here at Lingfield. He has been doing the job since the All-Weather track was first installed here in 1989, so he knows exactly what he is doing.

“We have had a few higher temperatures this week and got up to 22 or 23 degrees on Tuesday. We did not work the track that day because, with the high temperatures, we did not want it to get that deep.

“It is a bit breezier and overcast today and temperatures will only get up to 11 or 12 degrees this afternoon. That will actually help the track a bit and hopefully it will be fairly spot on for what looks to be a great card.”

About the All-Weather Championships

Season eight of the All-Weather Championships runs from Tuesday, October 20, 2020 and culminates with All-Weather Championships Finals Day on Good Friday, April 2, 2021 at Lingfield Park

The six championship categories are:

Three-Year-Olds sponsored by Ladbrokes - 6f Final

Fillies & Mares sponsored by Ladbrokes - 7f Final

Mile sponsored by Bombardier - 1m Final

Sprint sponsored by Betway - 6f Final

Marathon sponsored by Betway - 2m Final

Middle Distance sponsored Betway - 10f Final

There are two ways for horses to qualify for one of the finals on All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park:

* A horse can win a 'Fast Track Qualifier' race which will ensure a FREE and GUARANTEED place in the corresponding final on Good Friday. There are four Fast Track Qualifiers in each of the six Championship Categories hosted at racecourses in Great Britain, Ireland and France. If a filly wins any of the Fast-Track Qualifier races for either the Sprint or the Mile categories, the filly will be qualified for the final of that specific category, or for the Fillies and Mares Final.

or

* A horse must run a minimum of three times on the All-Weather surfaces in Great Britain, Ireland and France; or twice on the All-Weather surfaces in Great Britain, Ireland, France and once on dirt in Dubai during the qualifying period between October 20, 2020 and the six-day entry stage for the finals (Saturday, March 28, 2021) and then be rated high enough to 'make the cut' in a final by order of its BHA Rating.

In addition, prizes will be awarded to each of the All-Weather Champions - the 'All Stars' - based on the number of winners at the end of the All-Weather Championships season:

Champion All-Weather Jockey (winner and runner up)

Champion All-Weather Apprentice Jockey (winner and runner up)

Champion All-Weather Trainer

Champion All-Weather Owner Winning Most All-Weather Horse

For details of the 24 Fast-Track Qualifiers, please click here: https://www.awchampionships.co.uk/take-part/fast-track-qualifier-dates/ Fast-Track Qualifier winners so far:

1 - 3YO, October 20, Newcastle, 6f, SIGNFICANTLY (Karl Burke/Clifford Lee)

2 - F&M, October 29, Lingfield Park, 1m, INDIE ANGEL (John Gosden/Frankie Dettori)

3 - F&M, November 13, Dundalk (IRE), 1m, UMMALNAR (William Haggas/Chris Hayes)

4 - MD, November 14, Lingfield Park, 1m 2f, DUBAI WARRIOR (John Gosden/Robert Havlin)

5 - SPRINT, November 14, Lingfield Park, 6f, GOOD EFFORT (Ismail Mohammed/Ray Dawson)

6 - MILE, November 18, Kempton Park, 1m, KINROSS (Ralph Beckett/Richard Kingscote)

7 - MD, November 25, Deauville (FR), 1m 1½f, SKY POWER (Gael Barbedette/Stephane Pasquier)

8 - 3YO, December 5, Wolverhampton, 6f, VICTORY HEIGHTS (James Tate/PJ McDonald)

9 - MA, December 12, Newcastle, 2m 56y, ISLAND BRAVE (Heather Main/Cieren Fallon)

10 - F&M, January 4, Wolverhampton, 7f, AMNIARIX (Ed Walker/Richard Kingscote)

11 - SPRINT, January 12, Newcastle, 5f, VENTUROUS (David Barron/Tom Marquand)

12 - MILE, January 12, Newcastle, 1m, BLESS HIM (David Simcock/Jamie Spencer)

13 - MA, January 18, Wolverhampton, 2m ½f, MILDENBERGER (Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning)

14 - 3YO, January 25, Kempton Park, 6f, MIGHTY GURKHA (Archie Watson/Hollie Doyle)

15 - SPRINT, February 6, Lingfield Park, 6f, EXALTED ANGEL (Karl Burke/Clifford Lee)

16 - MD, February 6, Lingfield Park, 1m 2f, BANGKOK (Andrew Balding/Ryan Moore)

17 - MA, February 6, Kempton Park, 2m, RAINBOW DREAMER (Alan King/Hollie Doyle)

18 - F&M, February 18, Chelmsford City, 7f, SHIMMERING DAWN (James Tate/Tom Eaves)

19 - MILE, February 20, Cagnes-sur-Mer (FR), 1m, WALLY (Jean-Claude Rouget/Jean-Bernard Eyquem)

20 - MD, February 27, Lingfield Park, 1m 2f, FOREST OF DEAN (John Gosden/Robert Havlin)

21 - SPRINT, March 2, Chantilly (FR), 6½f, DUHAIL (Andre Fabre/Vincent Cheminaud)

22 - 3YO, March 6, Lingfield Park, 7f, APOLLO ONE (Peter Charalambous/Martin Harley)

23 - MILE, March 13, Wolverhampton, 7f, MUMS TIPPLE (Richard Hannon/Ryan Moore)

24 - MA, March 13, Chelmsford City, 2m, RANCH HAND (Andrew Balding/PJ McDonald)

For more information on the All-Weather Championships, please visit www.awchampionships.co.uk