The All‐Weather Championships will run from Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 to Good Friday, April 2nd, 2021 inclusive.
The All‐Weather Championship Finals Day will take place at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 2nd 2021, featuring the 6 Championship Category Finals. The seventh race is an Apprentice Handicap. This race will be subject to the same eligibility that governs the All‐Weather Finals, detailed in Point 1 below; winning a Fast Track Qualifier will not give a guaranteed starting position in this race.
The 6 All‐Weather Championship Categories are;
- Fillies & Mares
- Middle Distance
There are two ways for a horse to qualify for an All‐Weather Championship Final Race:
- Either a horse must run a minimum of three times on the All‐Weather Surfaces in Great Britain, Ireland or France (or twice if it has also run at least once on dirt at Meydan) during the Qualifying period which runs between October 20th, 2020 and March 26th, 2021 (inclusive) and be rated high enough to ’make the cut’ in a Championship Race by order of its Official BHA Rating,
- A horse can win a specific ‘FAST TRACK QUALIFIER’ which will qualify for FREE and GUARANTEED entry into the Final of that FAST TRACK QUALIFIER category.
There will be 4 ‘FAST TRACK QUALIFIER’ races for each Championship Finals race.
In the event of a dead‐heat in a ’FAST TRACK QUALIFIER’ the Free and Guaranteed entry will be given to all winning horses in that race. In the event of disqualification of the winner of a qualifier, the horse which is officially promoted to first place will be awarded the ’FAST TRACK WINNER’ entry. In the event of a Fast Track Qualifying Winner winning more than 1 Fast Track Qualifier, the horse that finishes 2nd will not receive an automatic place in the respective Final. A horse must have won a FAST TRACK QUALIFIER in order to claim the Qualifying place in the Final.
Any horse qualifying for a guaranteed place in more than one of the Finals, by winning a Fast Track Qualifier within more than one category, may be entered in each of the respective Finals for which they are qualified, but will only be able to be declared (at the 48‐hour declaration stage) for one of the Finals.
The provisional ‘FAST TRACK QUALIFYING’ RACES for AWC VIII are:
20 Oct 2020 Newcastle 6f Conditions
05 Dec 2020 Wolverhampton 6f Conditions
*20 Jan 2021 Kempton Park 6f Conditions
*29 Feb 2021 Lingfield Park 7f Listed (Spring Cup)
14 Nov 2020 Lingfield Park 6f Listed (Golden Rose)
*08 Jan 2021 Newcastle 5f Conditions
*01 Feb 2021 Lingfield Park 6f Listed (Cleves)
*03 Mar 2021 Chantilly 6f Prix Anabaa
18 Nov 2020 Kempton Park 8f Listed (Hyde)
*08 Jan 2021 Newcastle 8f Conditions
*15 Feb 2021 Cagnes‐Sur‐Mer 8f Listed (Saonois)
*07 Mar 2021 Wolverhampton 7f Listed (Lady Wulfruna)
Fillies & Mares Category
29 Oct 2020 Lingfield Park 8f Listed (Fleur De Lys)
13 Nov 2020 Dundalk 8f Listed (Cooley)
*03 Jan 2021 Wolverhampton 7f Conditions
*13 Feb 2021 Chelmsford City 8f Conditions
12 Dec 2020 Newcastle 16f Conditions
*13 Jan 2021 Wolverhampton 16f Conditions
*16 Feb 2021 Kempton Park 16f Conditions
*07 Mar 2021 Chelmsford City 16f Conditions
Middle Distance Category
14 Nov 2020 Lingfield Park 10f Listed (Churchill)
25 Nov 2020 Deauville 10f Listed (Lyphard)
*01 Feb 2021 Lingfield Park 10f Listed (Winter Derby Trial)
*22 Feb 2021 Lingfield Park 10f Group 3 (Winter Derby)
* Note, dates and venues provisional at time of publication; these details will be updated once a Fixture List for 2021 has been published.
In the event of two or more horses being rated the same for a place in the Championship Final Races, the places in the Championship Final will be awarded based on the following tie‐breaking count‐back rules:
- No. of wins in the qualifying period
- No. of 2nd’s in the qualifying period
- No. of 3rd’s in the qualifying period
- No. of 4th’s in the qualifying period
- Random Ballot
Entry for the Championship Final races will be at the normal 6‐day entry system with 48‐hour decs. NB: The Official BHA Rating of entrants on the day and time of entry will be used to determine the finalists.
A reserve system will operate for the 6 Championship Final races in the same way that they currently operate for other notable races in Britain. Two reserves will be selected for each Final race.
Updates on standings and full rules governing the All‐Weather Championships (including Jockey, Trainer, Owner etc Awards) can be found at www.awchampionships.co.uk