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Crowds up for UK All-Weather meetings on Friday

Excellent racing and good weather have resulted in tremendous crowds on Friday at the three Arena Racing Company (ARC) courses.
 
The sold-out signs went up at both Lingfield Park after 10,000 racegoers came through the gates and at Bath which welcomed 10,500 racegoers.
 
Newcastle saw a crowd of 7,000.
 
The total attendance at the ARC courses was 27,500 as against 17,500 in 2018.
 
Arena Racing Company's (ARC) PR and Communications Manager Sam Cone reflected on a superb sixth running of the £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day.
 
Cone said: "We are absolutely delighted with how today has gone at Lingfield Park with 10,000 racegoers through the gates here which is a capacity crowd. 
 
"Equally, we have had two amazing fixtures at Bath and Newcastle. Bath had 10,500 people, another sell-out attendance, whilst Newcastle had a crowd of 7,000 people witnessing a thrilling renewal of the £100,000 Burradon Stakes. We're delighted to have 27,500 people across the ARC courses today.
 
"Matterhorn has been a fantastic performer all season in the All-Weather Championships and it was great to see him land the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic and also be crowned both the 2018-2019 AWC Winning Most Horse and the 2018-2019 AWC Horse Of The Year. Our congratulations go to Mark Johnston and all his team for those winning performances.
 
"The sixth season of the All-Weather Championships has again been brilliant. We would like to thank all of the owners, trainers, jockeys, stable staff and all our sponsors and partners who have been involved and we look forward to the start of season seven."
 
Bookmakers came out on top at Lingfield Park following the defeat of 1/3 favourite Wissahickon in the feature race on Good Friday, the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic.
 
Despite the electric victory of 8/13 shot Kachy in the six-furlong £150,000 Betway All-Weather Championship Sprint, Wissahickon's second-placed finish to 9/2 chance Matterhorn in the 10-furlong event wrecked doubles for punters everywhere.
 
Similarly, French raider Amade was beaten at 4/6 in the Betway All-Weather Marathon, which further boosted bookmaker's coffers.
 
Betway representative Alan Alger said: "We had an odds-on favourite in each of the Betway races and the treble across all three was proving popular. 
 
"So we were pleased to see a surprise result in the Marathon. Amade was very well backed individually as well. 
 
"Heavenly Holly [9/1, Betway All-Weather Fillies' And Mares' Championship] was another good result, as punters unusually ignored Ryan Moore's mount. 
 
"Kachy reignited the hopes of punters who had reinvested in the double with Wissahickon, but Matterhorn saved us in what was all round the end to a fantastic day."

ALL STAR WINNERS ALL-WEATHER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018/2019 SEASON
 
2018-2019 AWC Champion Jockey:
 
Adam Kirby - 69 winners
 
2018-2019 AWC Champion Trainer:
 
Michael Appleby - 50 winners
 
2018-2019 AWC Champion Owner
 
Godolphin - 27 winners
 
2018-2019 AWC Champion Apprentice
 
Nicola Currie - 30 winners
 
2018-2019 AWC Winning Most Horse
 
Matterhorn (Mark Johnston) - 7 winners (won on countback)
 
2018-2019 AWC Horse Of The Year
 
Matterhorn £179,702
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