- Racing’s cancellation extends to include Saturday 10 September as an ongoing mark of respect for the special bond between Her Majesty The Queen and British racing
- Racing returns on Sunday 11 September across all courses except Musselburgh due to the Queen’s body lying in state in Edinburgh
- Nine-race card programmed at Doncaster racecourses featuring the Cazoo St Leger and other important races from the abandoned Doncaster fixtures
British racing remains in mourning today regarding the death of Her Majesty The Queen.
As an ongoing mark of respect it has been determined that, alongside the cancellation of fixtures on 8 and 9 September, all racing will also be cancelled tomorrow, Saturday 10 September. Scheduled fixtures and racing events will return on Sunday 11 September.
An additional day of racing at Doncaster will also be scheduled for Sunday 11 September, to ensure that the Cazoo St Leger and other important races lost as result of the cancellations can take place.
However, the fixture scheduled for Musselburgh racecourse on Sunday will be cancelled as a mark of respect for the fact that the Queen’s body will be lying in rest in Edinburgh.
Julie Harrington, Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), said:
“Her Majesty the Queen’s affinity and bond with British racing was enduring and unique, and a number of our sport’s participants have a close, direct relationship 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 fixtures into Saturday.
“The return of racing on Sunday will see the running of the Cazoo St Leger, one of Britain’s five Classic races and a race which the Queen won with her filly Dunfermline in 1977. This will also provide an opportunity for the sport and its supporters to pay its respects to Her Majesty, for the contribution which she has made to the sport to be marked, and for racing to express its deep gratitude to her and sympathies to her family.”
Cancelling racing on Saturday will also allow the sport, and in particular those people involved who had a close relationship with the royal family, to take in the formal proclamation of King Charles III’s reign on Saturday afternoon.
A nine-race card has been scheduled at Doncaster as follows:
12:30 £134,220 THE CORAL CHAMPAGNE STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 2)
13:00 £50,000 THE CAZOO HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 2)
13:35 £115,000 THE CORAL FLYING CHILDERS STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 2)
14:10 £100,000 THE CORAL PORTLAND HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 2)
14:45 £130,000 THE CORAL DONCASTER CUP STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 2) (British Champions Series)
15:20 £120,000 THE CAZOO PARK STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 2)
15:55 £786,000 THE CAZOO ST LEGER STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
16:30 £50,000 THE P J TOWEY CONSTRUCTION HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 2)
17:05 £60,000 THE CORAL MALLARD HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 2)
David Thorpe, Chairman of Arena Racing Company said:
“The British horseracing industry has lost a true patron and figurehead. As a mark of respect, we collectively took the decision to cease all racing from Thursday evening but will return with meetings on Sunday, including the amended fixture at Doncaster. It will feature the Cazoo St Leger Stakes and other races that were due to take place on Friday and Saturday. Our gratitude goes to all of our customers, our sponsors and our fellow industry stakeholders and hope that the day might offer an opportunity to mark Her Majesty’s lifelong love for our wonderful sport.”
The five races from 1:35pm through to 3:55pm will be shown live on ITV4, whose coverage will run from 1pm to 4.30pm, as well as all races being broadcast on Sky Sports Racing. British racing is grateful to everyone at ITV and Sky for the flexibility in programming these races.
All racecourses racing from Sunday and over the mourning period will continue to mark Her Majesty’s passing with tributes on-course. Flags will fly at half-mast, jockeys will wear black armbands while riding in each race and a period of silence will be observed prior to the opening race at each meeting. These marks of respect will continue to be observed until Her Majesty’s funeral next week, and further updates will follow in due course.
Decisions will be made in due course about other important days in the mourning period, such as the commencement of Her Majesty lying in state and the day of the funeral, as details are confirmed. We remain in close consultation with Government as part of this process. We would highlight that this decision has been made to reflect Her Majesty the Queen’s special relationship with racing, and that other sports will, in line with national mourning guidance, make their own decisions as they see appropriate.
Notes to Editors
1. Fixtures scheduled for Sunday 11 September:
- Doncaster (Flat Turf)
- Chepstow (Flat Turf)
2. Those races being transferred from Friday and Saturday’s Doncaster cards to Sunday will retain their original declarations and advertised prize funds. There will be no penalty for any horse subsequently withdrawn as a non-runner.
3. Jockey Bookings for transferred races have been re-opened until 14.00, a deadline which will also apply to bookings for Chepstow Sunday as well.