Arena Racing Company (ARC), owner of three of the four All-Weather horse racing tracks in Britain, has committed to £2 million in extra prize funds per annum in an initial three-year deal.
The All-Weather Championships run from October 26 to April 18, with races held at Lingfield Park, Wolverhampton and Southwell Racecourses, as well as The Jockey Club’s Kempton Park Racecourse.
Across the season there will be 52 new class two and three races inserted into an improved race programme, developed with the British Horse Racing Authority (BHA), which adds a further £1 million into the Championships. Six new races have also been created for All-Weather Championships finals day, with a total prize fund of £1 million.
ARC managing director Tony Kelly said: “It has been an exciting and challenging few months and I am delighted we have been able to launch the new All-Weather Championships for the 2013/14 winter season. We hope that this Championship heralds a new dawn for All-Weather racing in the UK and we are delighted to be leading the way in making that happen.”