Newcastle Hails Return Of Champs

'One of most popular horses to grace the all-weather'

Season eight of the All-Weather Championships begins at Newcastle on Tuesday and culminates with the valuable All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 2.

There are no changes to the six championship categories, with four Fast-Track Qualifiers per category taking place at All-Weather tracks in Britain, France and Ireland during the season.

  • *Three-Year-Olds sponsored by Ladbrokes – 6f Final
  • *Fillies & Mares sponsored by Ladbrokes – 7f Final
  • *Mile sponsored by Bombardier – 1m Final
  • *Sprint sponsored by Betway – 6f Final
  • *Marathon sponsored by Betway – 2m Final
  • *Middle Distance sponsored Betway – 10f Final

The race formerly known as the Betway Cleves Stakes, a Fast-Track Qualifier for the Betway All-Weather Sprint Championship, is now titled the Betway Kachy Stakes. The six-furlong Listed prize is due to take place at Lingfield Park in early February.

Thanks to his explosive front-running style, Kachy remains one of the most popular horses to grace the All-Weather, landing successive renewals of the Cleves Stakes as well as the 2019 Betway All-Weather Sprint Championship.

A track record holder over six furlongs at Lingfield Park and Wolverhampton, Kachy tragically incurred a fatal injury in February.

Owner Dave Lowe said: “It is a lovely touch to have a race renamed in Kachy’s honour, especially a Stakes race as that is something we can look forward to every year.

“The Cleves was always Kachy’s first big target of the All-Weather season and it was a really special day when he broke the track record there in 2019.

“A big thanks must go to the team at ARC and Betway for making this happen, it is a real privilege.”

Betway PR Manager Chad Yeomans said: “We are delighted to support the race name change of the Betway Cleves Stakes to the Betway Kachy Stakes.

“Kachy was a trailblazer for his enthusiastic owner Dave Lowe and his family, and helped raise the profile of the All-Weather Championships.

Kachy breaking the track record in the 2019 Betway Cleves Stakes

“We want to extend our thanks to ARC, the Lowe family and all of those involved that have helped to make this happen. It is a fitting way to remember a great horse.”

Lowe’s All-Weather team for this season is set to be headed by talented two-year-old Caroline Dale and progressive sprinter Fizzy Feet, who won four times on the All-Weather last season. Both horses are trained by David Loughnane.

Lowe said: “We have two lovely fillies to look forward to in Caroline Dale and Fizzy Feet.

“Caroline Dale finished third in the Queen Mary Stakes at the start of the season and has backed that up with three really solid performances.

“We gave her a break after she finished third in the Listed race at Newbury [in August] and she came back into training a couple of weeks ago. Her first target is the Fast-Track Qualifier at Wolverhampton on December 5.

“Fizzy Feet was actually entered in the Cleves Stakes last season, but we didn’t declare her. She has improved immensely over the last 12 months or so and it would be a nice story if we could get her to the Kachy Stakes.

“Just to have a runner in the race named after the best horse you have ever owned would be lovely, but to win it would be unreal.”

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