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CHAMPIONSHIPS 101
 

Quick Overview of Championships

The Championship Series is the highlight of the racing season.
The best horses and stables compete for victory in the Finals.
Enter into Qualifiers to earn qualifying points.
The top 14 horses as per the Standings will be automatically entered into the Finals.
There are Consolation races for some horses that do not make the Finals.
There is generally a Championship Series for each age group and at each distance group being Sprint, Classic or Stayers.

Navigate to Championship Races

Championship races are found under Races a Championship Series.  This lists the Final race and Qualifying races for each Championship. 
You can also filter Future Races under Races for Qualifying races or Championship Final races.
You can view the current points standings by selecting this link once you have selected any Qualifying or Final race.
Previous Championship winners can be found under Leaderboards, Championship Winners.

Championships in More Detail

Championship Qualifier races are scheduled over the horseracing season (4 months), over varied distances for each age category. The series culminates in a Championship Final which is held during the last week of every season. Big prize money is sponsored on both the Qualifying Races and the Championship Finals which is put up by Ladbrokes Raceclubs. 

To be eligible for Qualifying Races, your horse must have: 
• A minimum of 1 race win for 2yr olds, 2 race wins for 3 year olds and 5 wins for 4 to 7 year olds. 
• Paid the once-off supplementary fee (£3.15 at purchase of horse, or £63.00 at any other time). This will enable your horse to race in Qualifying races and Finals for its entire career.

How to Qualify for a Championship Final

The 14 horses that have accumulated the most points in the Qualifier races by the end of the season are automatically entered in the corresponding Championship Final race at no additional fee.

Each time your horse races in a Qualifier, it accumulates points toward qualifying for the Final.

A horse can participate in more than one Championship series and qualify for more than one Final.

Race your horse in as many Qualifier races as possible to ensure it makes the Final.

Championships Points Table

The Championship points system has been designed and implemented to give a fairer point allocation to horses entered in all Championship Series events.

This points system is particularly important for second instances of races so that horses entered in the first instance are not at a disadvantage as would be the case if fewer runners in a second instance earned the same points.

The table below shows the points that are allocated per race result according to the number of entries in the race:


3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
* * * * * * * * * * * * *
1st 4 5 6 6 7 7 8 9 10 11 11 12
2nd 3 4 5 5 6 6 7 8 9 10 10 11
3rd 2 3 4 4 5 5 6 7 8 9 9 10
4th * 2 3 3 4 4 5 6 7 8 8 9
5th * * 2 2 3 3 4 5 6 7 7 8
6th * * * 2 2 2 3 4 5 6 6 7
7th * * * * 2 2 2 3 4 5 5 6
8th * * * * * 2 2 2 3 4 4 5
9th * * * * * * 2 2 2 3 3 4
10th * * * * * * * 2 2 2 2 3
11th * * * * * * * * 2 2 2 2
12th * * * * * * * * * 2 2 2
13th * * * * * * * * * * 2 2
14th * * * * * * * * * * * 2

Two points are allocated to every horse entered. These two points have been included in the table.

Rule on tie for 14th spot in a Championship Final

Where there are two horses that tie on points for 14th spot in a Championship Final, only one horse of the two can be selected to run in the Final. The following elimination factors then apply:

1) Points.
In the event that there are 2 horses with equal points, the system then looks at;

2) Number of qualifying races (the horse who got the points by running the least no of qualifiers goes through).
If these are equal, then the system looks at;

3) Best Position (the horse that ran the best position in the qualifiers goes through).
If these are equal, then the system looks at;

4) Number of Wins (The horse that had the most number of wins in the qualifiers goes through).
If these are equal, then the system looks at;

5) Earnings (the horse with the most earnings goes through).

Championship Consolation Races

Horses that do not qualify for the Final are automatically entered into a Consolation race.  There are consolation races for each Championship Series.

Consolation races are sponsored with bonus credits and entrance is free.

The rules are as follows:

  • After the Finals have been declared, the next 14 qualifying horses by points will automatically be entered into the first instance of the Consolation race, while the following 14 qualifying horses will automatically be entered into the second instance, and so on.
  • Sponsorship amount is reduced for each subsequent instance of the Consolation races.
  • Consolation races will be set up at the beginning of a season but will only appear on the race calendar page on the same day as the corresponding Championship Final fields are declared.
  • Where a stable has more than 4 horses qualifying for the same Consolation, the horse/s with the lowest points from that stable will be placed into the next instance.
  • A horse must remain in an ‘Active’ status from Midnight (GMT) of the day prior to the running of the Consolation race or it will be rejected from the race.
  • If a horse is removed from a final field, prior to a challenge/championship race running due to pending stabling fees. Provided stabling fees are paid at least 1 day before the race runs, the horse will be re-instated back into its allotted draw.
  • The system does not automatically re-instate the horse if it has been rejected from a Qualifying race.
  • Only Challenge / Championships and Consolation races have the feature which re-instates a horse (as these races are finalised wherein a horse is allocated an entry and remains that specific horses even if it becomes ineligible). This does not apply to normal stakes races, which qualifiers fall under. This needs to be paid in time before the day a Challenge/Championships race runs, the horse is automatically re-instated into the field.

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