ARC keen on expanding All-Weather Championships

Last Updated: 09/04/14 5:13pm

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All-weather action at Lingfield

All-weather action at Lingfield

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Organisers of the All-Weather Championships are keen on opening up the valuable Good Friday meeting to overseas runners.

The Arena Racing Company is looking forward to hosting the first running in just over a week's time at Lingfield but the fields are made up of entirely British-trained horses which have qualified for races during the winter.

Jim Allen, ARC's racing director, said: "In terms of taking the championships forward, ARC, the Jockey Club and our sponsors will have a big debrief at the end of this year's championships looking ahead to next year - I am sure there will be some changes.

"We will also be having discussions with Meydan, the Breeders' Cup and the Irish and French racing authorities to see how we can tie and develop the All-Weather Championships going forward.

"We will see if overseas horses can qualify. We have had overseas interest this year - we have had several runners from abroad but I don't think any will be running on Finals Day as they haven't quite been good enough to make the field, which is a good thing in a way.

"The All-Weather Championships is certainly something that we want to see develop into a big European, internationally-interested event."

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