No racing matches will take place in the UK on Friday and Saturday as a sign of continued respect after the death of Her Majesty the Queen Thursday.
An extra day of racing in Doncaster will be scheduled for Sunday September 11, to ensure the Cazoo St Leger and other important races lost to the cancellations can take place.
However, the scheduled match at Musselburgh on Sunday will be canceled as a sign of respect that the Queen’s body will be laid to rest in Edinburgh. They will also race at Chepstow on Sunday.
Julie Harrington, Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), said: “Her Majesty The Queen’s affinity and connection to British racing was enduring and unique, and a number of participants in our sport enjoy a close relationship. close and direct with her. It is out of respect for this, and in sympathy with her family, including King Charles III, that the sport has taken the decision to continue our suspension of matches until Saturday.
“The return to racing on Sunday will see the Cazoo St Leger race, one of five British classic races and a race which the Queen won with her filly Dunfermline in 1977. It will also provide an opportunity for the sport and its supporters to to pay tribute to Her Majesty, that her contribution to the sport be marked, and that the race express its deepest gratitude to her and her sympathies to her family.
The cancellation of the races on Saturday will also allow the sport, and in particular those involved who had a close relationship with the royal family, to attend the official proclamation of the reign of King Charles III on Saturday afternoon.
A nine-race card has been scheduled at Doncaster as follows:
12.30pm £134,220 THE CHALLENGES OF CORAL CHAMPAGNE (CLASS 1) (Group 2)
13:00 £50,000 CAZOO HANDICAP ISSUES (CLASS 2)
13:35 £115,000 THE CORAL FLYING CHILDERS STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 2)
14:10 £100,000 CORAL PORTLAND HANDICAP ISSUES (CLASS 2)
14:45 £130,000 CORAL DONCASTER CUP STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 2)
15:20 £120,000 CAZOO PARK ISSUES (CLASS 1) (Group 2)
15:55 £786,000 LES ENJEUX CAZOO ST LEGER (CLASS 1) (Group 1)
16:30 £50,000 PJ TOWEY BUILDING DISABILITY ISSUES (CLASS 2)
17:05 £60,000 DISABILITY ISSUES CORAL MALLARD (CLASS 2)
David Thorpe, Chairman of Arena Racing Company, said: “The UK horse racing industry has lost a true patron and figurehead. the modified montage at Doncaster. It will feature the Cazoo St Leger Stakes and other races which were due to take place on Friday and Saturday. Our gratitude goes to all of our customers, sponsors and fellow industry stakeholders and hope that the day could provide an opportunity to highlight Her Majesty’s love for our wonderful sport. »
All five races from 1.35pm to 3.55pm will be shown live on ITV4, with coverage running from 1pm to 4.30pm, along with all the races shown on Sky Sports Racing. British races are grateful to everyone at ITV and Sky for the flexibility in scheduling these races.
All racecourses racing from Sunday and through the period of mourning will continue to mark Her Majesty’s passing with tributes on the course. Flags will fly at half mast, jockeys will wear black armbands during each race and a period of silence will be observed before the opening race of each meeting. These marks of respect will continue to be observed until Her Majesty’s funeral next week, with further updates to follow in due course.
Decisions will be made in due course on other important days of the period of mourning, such as the start of Her Majesty’s State and the day of the funeral, as details are confirmed. We remain in close consultation with the government as part of this process. We emphasize that this decision has been made to reflect Her Majesty The Queen’s special relationship with racing, and that other sports, in accordance with national bereavement guidelines, will make their own decisions as they see fit.
UK racing returns on Sunday with a nine-race card at Doncaster after Queen’s death