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

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

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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
Position Horse Prize Money
1 Viewpoint £31,125
2 Grendisar £9,320
3 Mica Mika £4,660
4 Aryal £2,330
5 Lady Lunchalot
6 Asia Minor
7 Commisar
8 Honoured
9 Scottish Star
10 The Lock Master
11 Icebuster

Sky Sports

Fillies' And Mares'
Position Horse Prize money
1 Living The Life £93,375
2 High Time Too £27,960
3 Maggie Pink £13,980
4 Fashion Line £6,990
5 Interception
6 Fanoos
7 Fab Lolly
8 Princess Spirit
9 Welsh Sunrise
10 Glastonberry
11 Oasis Spriti
12 Hannah's Turn
13 Bold Ring
14 Burren View Lady

Sky Sports

3 Year Old
Position Horse Prize money
1 Ertijaal £93,375
2 Passing Star £27,960
3 Pool House £13,980
4 American Hope £6,990
5 Sir Robert Cheval
6 Alutiq
7 Lady Frances
8 Captain Secrets
9 Harwoods Volante
10 Major Crispies
11 Complicit
12 Golden Amber
13 Oriental Relation
14 Steventon Star

Sky Sports

Position Horse Prize Money
1 Litigant £93,375
2 Arch Villain £37,960
3 Communicator £13,980
4 Castillo Del Diablo £6,990
5 Villa Royale
6 Swing Alone
7 Duchess Of Gazeley
8 Blue Wave
9 Presburg
10 Mr Burdbidge
11 King's Request
12 Hunting Ground
13 Arr' Kid
14 Masterful Act

Sky Sports

Position Horse Prize money
1 Alben Star £93,975
2 Trinityelitedotcom £27,960
3 Rivellino £13,980
4 Hawkeyethenoo £6,990
5 Stepper Point
6 Ballista
7 Hasopop
8 Lancelot Du Lac
9 Tarooq
10 Valbcheck
11 Even Stevens
12 Addictive Dream

Sky Sports

Position Horse Prize money
1 Captain Cat £93,975
2 Highland Knight £27,960
3 Alfred Hutchinson £13,980
4 Grey Mirage £6,990
5 Geroge Guru
6 Noble Citizen
7 Sirius Prospect
8 Chookie Royale
9 Anaconda
10 Frontier Fight
11 Moonday Sun
12 Silverheels

Sky Sports

Coral Easter Classic Middle Distance Championship
Position Horse Prize money
1 Grandeur £124,500
2 Dick Dougthywylie £37,280
3 Robin Hood's Bay £18,640
4 Solar Deity £9,320
5 Bancnuanaheireann
6 Aussie Reigns
7 Rebellious Guest
8 Veeraya
9 Tinshu
10 Marshgate Lane
11 Party Royal
12 Uramazin
NR Thatchmaster

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.


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