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British racing will not go ahead on day of Queen’s funeral

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that all British racing will be suspended on the day of Her Majesty The Queen’s funeral. 

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On what will be a national bank holiday, 19 September 2022 will mark a day of respect for Her Majesty, in which all sporting events will be postponed. 

British horseracing was the only major sport scheduled for the day, but all races have now been cancelled as a mark of respect.  

The BHA says the cancellations will give everyone involved in British racing the opportunity to mourn the passing of Her Majesty, and offer thanks for her contribution to the sport and the nation. 

Further information on rearranged races will be shared with participants, racecourses and racegoers in the coming days, says the BHA.  

Racing will, though, continue to take place throughout the remainder of the intervening period until The Queen’s funeral takes place. 

All races were recommenced after postponements and cancellations on the weekend following Her Majesty’s death on Thursday 8 September. 

Horseracing was not the only sport to announce postponements. The Premier League announced that weekend fixtures from 10 September to 12 September would not go ahead as a mark of respect to the Queen, who passed away less than 48 hours before fixtures were scheduled to take place.  

Major retailers also shut their doors, including William Hill and Betfred. In separate statements, the operators expressed their sadness, announcing closures on the evening of Thursday 8 September, and the day of Friday 9 September as a mark of respect for the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.  

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