Kachy honoured as All-Weather Championships return

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.

"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." 

Kachy breaking the track record in the 2019 Betway Cleves Stakes, picture All Weather Championships

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."

Yazaman sets standard in opening Fast-Track Qualifier

Desert Gulf aiming to maintain unbeaten record

Newcastle's eight-race programme is headlined by the first Fast-Track Qualifier of the season, with five runners set to line up in the Play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side On Football Conditions Stakes (3.35pm) over six furlongs. 

The winner of the Tapeta contest will secure a starting berth in the Ladbrokes Three-Year-Old All-Weather Championship over the same distance on Finals Day.

Yazaman (William Haggas/Danny Tudhope) has an official rating of 101 after several good efforts in Pattern company, most notably when second in the G2 July Stakes at Newmarket. He wears cheekpieces for the first time after coming fourth in the G3 Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket on September 24.

Middleham trainer Karl Burke, who landed this race in 2017 with Beatbox Rhythm, is represented by Significantly (Clifford Lee). The Garswood colt has made the frame in six of his seven starts, including a second in the Listed Dragon Stakes at Sandown Park in July.

Desert Gulf (William Knight/Callum Shepherd) is one of two runners in the race with winning form on the All-Weather. Saif Ali's Kodiac colt produced a promising debut performance at Wolverhampton on September 29, when he defeated 99-rated rival Lauded by a neck. 

Trainer William Knight said: "I was impressed by Desert Gulf at Wolverhampton, being able to beat that horse of Tom Dascombe's, as our horses usually improve a good bit from their first run.

"I expected him to run well but to win was a bit of a surprise, simply because of what we had done with him at home. We had left plenty to work on, even though he had been showing up quite nicely in his work.

"I expect the track at Newcastle to really suit him. William Haggas' horse sets a good standard, but I think Desert Gulf could be pretty smart."

Knight has 21 per cent strike rate (three winners from 14 runners) on the All-Weather at Newcastle and a level stakes profit of +£31.50.

The other runner with All-Weather form is Victory Heights (James Tate/P J McDonald), a winner at Newcastle in June who is having his second start since undergoing wind surgery.

Blackberry (Bryan Smart/Graham Lee), the only filly in the field, has won three of her four starts on turf, latterly coming from last to first in a conditions race at Musselburgh on September 12. She wears a hood for the first time.