Season Nine of the All-Weather Championships gets underway at Newcastle on Tuesday 19th October, featuring the first of the Fast-Track Qualifiers getting the winner for an automatic spot for Finals Day.
If the All-Weather Championships are new to you there are two ways for a horse to qualify for a race at both Finals Day at Newcastle and the Vase fixture at Lingfield Park. Either 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). These runs must take place during the Qualifying period which runs between 19th October 2021 and the six-day entry stage for the All-Weather Championships Finals Day and Vase races (12 noon Saturday 9 April 2022) and be rated high enough to ‘make the cut’ in a Championships Race 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).
This year the season culminates with the All-Weather Championships Finals Day being held for the first time on the Tapeta at Newcastle and the new All-Weather Vase meeting taking places at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, 2022. The Vase meeting is basically the B-Final, it is for horses that have qualified to run but aren’t rated highly enough to be at Newcastle for Finals Day.