THE St Leger – the final classic of the season and one of the biggest races of the year – takes place in Doncaster TODAY.
All races in Britain are canceled on Saturday as a mark of respect after the Queen passed away peacefully at the age of 96 yesterday.
Doncaster’s Sunday card
12:30 £134,220 THE CORAL CHAMPAGNE Stakes (Class 1) (Group 2)
13:00 £50,000THE CAZOO HANDICAP BETS (CLASS 2)
13:35 £115,000 THE CORAL FLYING CHILDERS RODS (CLASS 1) (Group 2)
14:10 £100,000 THE CORAL PORTLAND HANDICAP BETS (CLASS 2)
14:45 £130,000 THE CORAL DONCASTER CUP Stakes (Tier 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 STANKS (CLASS 1) (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
16:30 £50,000 THE PJ TOWEY CONSTRUCTION HANDICAP RODS (CLASS 2)
17:05 £60,000 THE CORAL MALLARD HANDICAP BETS (CLASS 2)
The St. Leger is the big race of the four-day St. Leger Festival and takes place on Sunday at 3:55 p.m.
A statement from the British Horseracing Authority confirmed Sunday’s competition will be held as part of a massive nine-race card.
The Premier League and EFL confirmed all games this weekend have been cancelled.
The BHA statement read: “British racing still mourns the death of Her Majesty The Queen.
“As a mark of respect, it has been determined that in addition to the cancellation of the September 8th and September 9th games, all races tomorrow, Saturday September 10th, will also be cancelled. Scheduled games and race events return on Sunday, September 11th.
“An extra day of racing at Doncaster is planned for Sunday 11 September to ensure the Cazoo St Leger and other key races lost as a result of the cancellations can take place.
“However, Sunday’s game at Musselburgh Racecourse is canceled out of respect for the fact that the Queen’s body will be laid to rest in Edinburgh.”
BHA Chief Executive Julie Harrington said: “Her Majesty The Queen’s affinity and connection with British racing has been enduring and unique and some of our sporting participants have a close, direct relationship with her.
“Out of respect for them and out of sympathy for their family, including King Charles III, the sport has made the decision to continue our suspension of games through Saturday.
“The return of racing on Sunday will be the Cazoo St Leger, one of Britain’s five classic races and a race won by the Queen in 1977 with her filly Dunfermline.
“This will also be 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 to racing, to express his deep gratitude and condolences to her family. “
The first day of action of the Irish Champions Weekend will take place in Leopardstown on Saturday as planned.
All racecourses racing from Sunday and during the period of mourning will continue to honor Her Majesty’s death with on-track tributes.
Flags will be flown at half-mast, jockeys will wear black armbands during the ride in each race, and a period of silence will be observed at each meeting prior to the opening race.
These marks of respect will be observed until Her Majesty’s funeral next week and further updates will follow in due course.
The five races from 1.35pm to 3.55pm are shown live on ITV4, whose coverage runs from 1.00pm to 4.30pm, with all races being broadcast on Sky Sports Racing.
The Grand National and Premier League were allowed to continue after Prince Philip’s death in 2021.
However, it should be noted that sporting events in the UK were postponed by around a week when Princess Diana died in 1997.
The tragic death of Princess Diana shook the whole of Britain, leading sports organizers to believe that suspending events was the most appropriate.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6184164/st-leger-doncaster-to-be-run-sunday/ St Leger WILL BE raced on a huge NINE Race card at Doncaster TODAY as ALL Saturday’s races have been canceled following the death of Queen