There are a small number of rules around the All-Weather Championships, mostly focused upon qualification and eligibility. A horse is required to run three times on an all-weather racing surface in Britain (at either Chelmsford City, Kempton Park, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Southwell or Wolverhampton), Ireland or France, in the qualifying period to qualify for the Newcastle and Lingfield Park fixtures on Good Friday.
Introduced for Season 9 of the All-Weather Championships and will continue to be applicable during Season 11 is the ability to complete one qualifying run on an all-weather surface in Dubai or Saudi Arabia, as well as two runs on an all-weather surface in Britain, France or Ireland during the qualifying period.
The Burradon Stakes, run at Newcastle on All-Weather Championships Finals Day does not require any qualification to run.
1. A horse must run a minimum of three times on the all-weather surfaces in Great Britain, Ireland or France (or twice on the all-weather surfaces in Britain, Ireland or France and once on the dirt at Meydan in Dubai, or in Saudi Arabia) during the qualifying period.
These runs must take place during the Qualifying period which runs between 17 October 2023 and the six-day entry stage for the All-Weather Championships Finals Day and Vase races (12 noon Saturday 23 March 2024) and the horse must be rated high enough to ‘make the cut’ in a Championship Finals by order of its Official BHA Rating.
Similarly, horses wishing to take part in the All-Weather Vase fixture (including the Apprentice Jockey's Handicap) at Lingfield Park on Good Friday must also have met the qualifying criteria of three runs in Britain, Ireland or France (or one of these three in Dubai or Saudi Arabia). There is no qualifying criteria to run in the Burradon Stakes at Newcastle.
New for Season XI will be two All-Weather Championships Trials Day fixtures, hosting a series of £45,000 Open Handicaps. Scheduled to take place at Newcastle on 1 January and Lingfield Park on 1st March, both fixtures will offer valuable opportunities for horses across the six All-Weather Championships categories.
The winner of each race will be eligible for free entry to the corresponding Finals Day race at Newcastle, as well as a £30,000 bonus should they go on to also win on Good Friday. Any horse that wins at both All-Weather Trials Days in the same category and goes on to also win at Newcastle will be eligible for a total bonus of £75,000.
2. A horse that wins a Trial will receive free entry to the corresponding Final and will be eligible for a £30,000 Bonus should it win both a Trial and the corresponding Final. A horse that wins BOTH Trials will be eligible for a £75,000 Bonus, should it win both Trials of the same category and the corresponding Final.
To receive a Bonus, the horse must win the Trial(s) and Final of the SAME category.
I.e. If a mare wins a Mile Category Trial and the Fillies & Mares Final, that horse is NOT eligible for the bonus.
In the event of 2 or more horses being rated the same for a place in an All-Weather Championships Final:
The places in the Championship Final will be awarded based on these tie-breaking count-back rules:
Entry for the All-Weather Championship Finals races will be a 2 stage process:
NB: The Official BHA Rating of entrants on the day prior to the 6 Day Entry Stage will be used to determine the finalists.
A reserve system will operate for the 7 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. A horse will not be permitted to declare as a reserve if declaring for another race on the card.
The All-Weather Championships runs from 17 October 2023 - 29 March 2024. The Finals Day will take place at Newcastle on Good Friday, 29 March 2024, featuring the six Championship Category Finals and the Burradon Stakes. The All-Weather Vase will take place at Lingfield Park, also on Good Friday, 29 March 2023.
For the Champion Owner, Trainer, Jockey and Apprentice Jockey competitions, every win at Chelmsford City, Kempton Park, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Southwell and Wolverhampton between 17 October 2023 and Good Friday 29 March 2024 inclusive will count.
In the event of the abandonment of an all-weather fixture at Chelmsford City, Kempton Park, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Southwell or Wolverhampton Racecourses during the qualifying period, the declaration to run (at the time of abandonment) will count towards the qualification for All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Newcastle and All-Weather Championships Vase Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday.