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The St Leger: 9 card races in Doncaster on Sunday
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The BHA has announced that Saturday’s race in Britain will be canceled as a sign of respect following the Queen’s death, with major races including St Leger appearing in a revised program on Sunday.
Doncaster’s new nine-race card will also include Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes and Doncaster Cup from the canceled ticket on Friday, while the Champagne and Park Stakes will also run on Sunday. ITV4 will broadcast five of the races.
The St Leger is the oldest of the five British racing classics, and Dunfermline’s victory in the race at the 1977 Silver Jubilee is one of the Queen’s most memorable winners.
In addition to Doncaster, five more meetings were scheduled in Britain on Saturday, namely in Chester, which were also scheduled to be shown on ITV, Ffos Las, Lingfield, Chelmsford and Musselburgh.
Sunday’s match in Mosselburg will not continue as a sign of respect for the Queen’s body lying in rest in Edinburgh. The meeting will be held in Chepstow on Sunday.
A statement from the BHA said decisions would be made “in due course” as to how other key dates in the racing calendar would be affected during the mourning period, in light of the Queen’s special relationship with the races.
King Charles III has announced that a period of royal mourning will be observed from Friday until seven days after the Queen’s funeral, the date of which has yet to be confirmed. He is scheduled to address the nation at 6 p.m. this evening.
Sunday Race Card in Doncaster
12.30 champagne coral servings Group 2, 7f
1.00 Kazu Classes for the Disabled 6½ and
1.35 Kazu Flying Childers Stakes Group 2, 5f
2.10 Coral Portland Handicap 5½ and
2.45 Coral Doncaster Stakes Cup Group 2, 2m2
3.20 Kazoo Park Stakes Group 2, 7f
3.55 Kazoo St. Leger Stakes Group 1, 1m6½f
4.30 Construction disability PJ Towey 1 pm
5.05 Coral Mallard Handicap Stakes 1 m 6 and
Julie Harrington, chief executive of the BHA, said: “Her Majesty’s connection and relationship with British racing has been enduring and unique, and a number of those involved in our sport have a close and direct relationship with her. Out of respect for this, and out of sympathy with her family including King Charles III, she has taken the sport A decision to continue suspending matches until Saturday.
“The return of the race on Sunday will see the running of the Cazoo St Leger, one of Britain’s five classics and the race won by the Queen with her Dunfermline in 1977. This will also provide an opportunity for the sport and its supporters to pay their respects to Her Majesty, for the contribution she has made to the sport, and for racing to express My deepest gratitude and sympathy to her family.”
Flags will fly at the center of the mast, riders will wear black armbands and there will be a period of silence before the race.
The original announcements issued by the Friday and Saturday ticket will remain in effect, but the riders’ reservations for the transferred races have reopened until 2pm.
British betting shops, which were closed on Friday after news of the Queen’s death, are expected to open their doors on Saturday.
Other major sporting events did not take place on Friday including the Test cricket match between England and South Africa and the PGA Championship at Wentworth. The Premier League has postponed all matches this weekend.
According to reports, at a meeting on Friday morning, the government said it was up to the sport to decide whether the weekend’s events could continue.
King’s Lynn, the Queen’s only horse to enter over the weekend, was not announced on Friday morning. It was 20-1 from the Flying Five Stakes on day two of the Irish Champions Weekend at Curragh on Sunday.
First published at 11:41 am, September 9, 2022