All-Weather Championship 2014: Final Results, Prize Money and Recap

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2014

CHENGDU, CHINA - APRIL 06: Patrick Baker leads out the outriders and horses before the first race at the Chengdu Dubai International Cup race meeting at Jinma Racecourse on April 6, 2014 in Chengdu, China.  (Photo by Neville Hopwood/Getty Images)
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The 2014 All-Weather Championship Finals Day took place on Friday at the Lingfield Park Resort in Surrey as the All-Weather racing season came to an end.

Six All-Weather Championships categories and a seventh Apprentice Jockeys race were at stake at Lingfield with £1 million in prize money set to be divided at the end of a magnificent day of racing.

At the Races congratulated the six jockeys in conclusion of the final race:

Viewpoint took the first-ever Good Friday race in the day's opener, winning the Apprentice Handicap. 17-year-old jockey Cam Hardie was understandably ecstatic with the result

"I'm over the moon," Hardie told Sky Sports. "It's my first winner for the boss and I can't thank him enough. The horse was fit from running and I was told to have him handy."

The first race of the day didn't go smoothly though as Icebuster refused to start, resulting in this funny reaction from Time Form:

Hardie took the lead going into the final stages of the race and was able to beat out Grendisar, who nearly caught up in the sprint.

The Fillies and Mares were won by 8-1 favourite Living The Life with rider Adam Kirby dominating the pack from start to finish on his way to securing his second consecutive Jockey of the Season award.

LINGFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Racegoers make their way through the entrance on the first ever horse racing fixture to be held on Good Friday at Lingfield racecourse on April 18, 2014 in Lingfield, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Owner Henry R Northhaft travelled all the way from the United States to watch his filly win, and his comment to Sky Sports that "This is what racing is all about" echoed a sentiment shared by many.

Trainer Phil McEntee was also happy with the result and the performance of the jockey, as shared by Greg Wood:

A frantic 3 Year Old Championship was won by Ertijaal, who had to overcome a bad start and a very high early pace to deliver on his 4-5 odds, taking a late lead and never looking back.

The horse has really impressed recently, and Jack Keene is excited about what the future might bring:

Favourite Litigant left it late to win the Marathon as Jim Crowley's Arch Villain looked set to break for the finish with just a handful of furlongs to go.

But George Baker steered his horse towards the leader with great patience, and his efforts were ultimately rewarded as he overtook Crowley in the very last furlong.

As this fan shared, the final stages of the race were truly exciting and quite frustrating for a particular group of people:

But those bookmakers were able to rejoice later in the day as Alben Star (25-1) took the Sprint ahead of heavily favoured Trinityelitedotcom.

The 5-1 favourite dominated right from the start and looked to have the race in the bag with just a few hundred yards to go, but Alben Star and Paul Hanagan stole the win late by a head.

As shared by At the Races, the win made it a double for Hanagan:

Captain Cat turned a difficult situation into a win during the Mile as the five-year-old was in last position with two furlongs left to go before a thunderous final sprint led James Doyle and his horse to the win.

The favourite didn't enter the Lincoln and that decision proved to be the right one. A patient approach and the race's high race led to Captain Cat being the freshest in the final stages.

Grandeur won the final race of the day, the Coral Easter Classic, in remarkable fashion as the conclusion of an entire season of All-Weather racing came down to a final sprint between Grandeur and second-placed Dick Doughtywylie.

As shared by the BBC's Cornelius Lysaght, the crowd could barely contain itself during the day's grand finale:

Jockey Ryan Moore praised both his horse and the trainer:

Dick Doughtywylie's bid for a win looked to come undone when Grandeur set itself in perfect position to win it all midway through the race, but as the home straight grew shorter and shorter, the grey couldn't overtake John Gosden's horse. It wasn't until the final yards before the favourite finally pulled through for an emphatic finish.

Trainer Jeremy Noseda confirmed the horse will probably go to the USA next, per Sky Sports:

I'll have a chat with the owners but he's shown he is suited to racing in America and he'll probably go to Belmont in May and June.

The American turf horses aren't as tough as what we have to face here and there's a lot of money on offer.

Here are the All-Weather Championships' final results and prize money:

Apprentice Handicap
PositionHorsePrize Money
3Mica Mika£4,660
5Lady Lunchalot
6Asia Minor
9Scottish Star
10The Lock Master
Sky Sports
Fillies' And Mares'
PositionHorsePrize money
1Living The Life£93,375
2High Time Too£27,960
3Maggie Pink£13,980
4Fashion Line£6,990
7Fab Lolly
8Princess Spirit
9Welsh Sunrise
11Oasis Spriti
12Hannah's Turn
13Bold Ring
14Burren View Lady
Sky Sports
3 Year Old
PositionHorsePrize money
2Passing Star£27,960
3Pool House£13,980
4American Hope£6,990
5Sir Robert Cheval
7Lady Frances
8Captain Secrets
9Harwoods Volante
10Major Crispies
12Golden Amber
13Oriental Relation
14Steventon Star
Sky Sports
PositionHorsePrize Money
2Arch Villain£37,960
4Castillo Del Diablo£6,990
5Villa Royale
6Swing Alone
7Duchess Of Gazeley
8Blue Wave
10Mr Burdbidge
11King's Request
12Hunting Ground
13Arr' Kid
14Masterful Act
Sky Sports
PositionHorsePrize money
1Alben Star£93,975
5Stepper Point
8Lancelot Du Lac
11Even Stevens
12Addictive Dream
Sky Sports
PositionHorsePrize money
1Captain Cat£93,975
2Highland Knight£27,960
3Alfred Hutchinson£13,980
4Grey Mirage£6,990
5Geroge Guru
6Noble Citizen
7Sirius Prospect
8Chookie Royale
10Frontier Fight
11Moonday Sun
Sky Sports
Coral Easter Classic Middle Distance Championship
PositionHorsePrize money
2Dick Dougthywylie£37,280
3Robin Hood's Bay£18,640
4Solar Deity£9,320
6Aussie Reigns
7Rebellious Guest
10Marshgate Lane
11Party Royal
Sky Sports

With the news that next season might feature a new racetrack—the Newcastle Racecourse has received approval to transform its track into one that is up to standards for the All-Weather season, according to its official website—the 2014-15 season is already shaping up to be another banner year for the sport.

Friday's massive success also all but insures Good Friday-racing will make a return next season.

The All-Weather Championships will return in the fall of 2014.