Lingfield will stage £1 million All-Weather Champions Day on Good FridayPICTURE: Getty Images
Jockeys offer support as AW championship starts
THE All-Weather Championship, which started at Wolverhampton on Saturday night, has received backing from some of the jockeys riding at the first meeting of the rebranded competition.
The £2 million championship will run through to April 18 when it will climax with a new £1 million All-Weather Champions Day at Lingfield on Good Friday, previously a rare blank day on the racing calendar.
Although there has been criticism of Arena Racing Company’s policy of pumping prize-money into a one-off finale rather than distributing it more evenly throughout the course of the year, jockey Jimmy Quinn gave the championship the thumbs up after riding at the curtain-raiser.
"Trainers have brought better-class horses here tonight and winning one of these class 2 races is like winning five average races," he said. "The more prize-money the merrier."
Also riding at Wolverhampton was Luke Morris, a regular at the four all-weather tracks.
"Fair play to Arc, they have stuck behind the all-weather and hopefully all the trainers and owners will support it," he said.
The championship meetings will be staged at three of ARC's tracks, Lingfield, Wolverhampton and Southwell, as well as the Jockey Club-owned Kempton.