6 finals will take place, and 6 horses will be crowned champion over 6 categories; 3 Year Old Final (1200m), Fillies & Mares Final (1400m), Sprint Final (1200m), Marathon Final (3172m), Mile Final (1600m) and the Middle Distance Final (2000m).
Friday’s contenders have all qualified for their respective finals through success in AW races held at Chelmsford, Kempton Park, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Southwell, Wolverhampton, Dundalk, several French racecourses and Meydan in Dubai.
To qualify for the finals, a horse must have ran a minimum of three times on the all-weather surfaces in Great Britain, Ireland or France (or twice on the all-weather surfaces in Britain, Ireland or France and once on the dirt at Meydan in Dubai), during the qualifying period (23 October 2018 – 13 April 2019). Those with the highest ratings out of the group of qualified horses, will be invited to run on Finals Day. Or a horse can win a specific Fast-Track Qualifier which will qualify the horse for free and guaranteed entry into that specific race on finals day.
The AW Championship Finals Day is the richest all-weather race day in EU. The overall purse for the race day is £1m, with each race being worth £150k, with the exception of the Middle Distance final, which is worth £200k.
Alongside horses being crowned champions, the ‘All-Stars’ will be celebrated on Finals Day, with the Champion Owner, Champion Trainer, Champion Jockey and Champion Apprentice titles all being announced.