All-Weather Champions Crowned At Newcastle

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ARC CEO Martin Cruddace and David Probert | Grossick Photography

David Probert, Michael Appleby, George Rooke and Godolphin all won divisional titles on All-Weather Championships Day at Newcastle. Probert won his first All-Weather Champion Jockey title with 82 victories.

Probert said, “It was always a goal for me to have a championship since winning back in 2008 when I was champion apprentice. It's a massive achievement and I have plenty of people to thank for that, and hopefully it rolls into a good grass season.”

Appleby, who collected his fifth consecutive trainers' title and sixth overall with 52 winners, said “We have a great team at home–good, dedicated staff, who have been with me a long time. They all work hard and it's well-deserved. I have to thank all the team.”

The All-Weather Winning-Most Horse was Intervention (Ire) (Swiss Spirit {GB}), from Appleby's yard, with five wins. The race for All-Weather Champion Apprentice was very tight, with Rooke prevailing by one winner at 18 over Oliver Stammers and Rhys Clutterbuck. Godolphin was crowned the All-Weather Champion Owner for the eighth year in a row with 43 wins.

Hugh Anderson, Godolphin Managing Director (UK and Dubai), said, “2021 was a banner year for Godolphin, and it is tremendous to begin 2022 with an eighth consecutive Owners' Championship on the all-weather. The all-weather season provides horses with a great introduction to racing over the winter, enabling them to go on to bigger and better things later in the year.

“Our thanks go to the whole team at Godolphin–the trainers, jockeys, and everyone who works in the racing yards. We now look forward to an exciting season on the turf.”

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