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New 3yo sprint division in AW Championships
A NEW category - Three-Year-Old Sprint - has been added to the second All-Weather Championships season which starts at Lingfield on October 30.
Last season's finals day on Good Friday proved popular with racegoers and connections will have more chances to qualify this time around with fast track qualifiers being staged at Dundalk and Cagnes-Sur-Mer in addition to those held at Britian's all-weather tracks.
Three-Year-Old Sprint becomes the seventh of the All-Weather Championships categories, joining Three-Year-Old, Sprint, Mile, Marathon, Fillies & Mares, and Middle Distance.
Jim Allen, Arena Racing Company director of racing, said: "The creation of the new Three-Year-Old Sprint category arose out of consultation with horsemen and the BHA.
"We hope its inclusion will further support the sprint programme in Great Britain and give horses more opportunities to race throughout the winter months.
"Last year's Championship winners have continued to prove themselves, on both synthetic and turf surfaces, here in Great Britain and abroad.
"We look forward to crowning more champions when the action gets underway on October 30 at Lingfield Park."
Britain's five all-weather courses Lingfield, Southwell and Wolverhampton, Chelmsford City and Kempton are all involved in the 2014-2015 All-Weather Championships.
A new betting partner, Unibet, backs the Three-Year-Old Sprint Championship plus the Sprint Championship. The three other betting partners, Coral, Ladbrokes and 32Red, were involved in the first All-Weather Championships season and continue their association this time.