UK Racing has rescheduled its Saturday afternoon fixtures to pay tribute to His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died last weekend at the age of 99.
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that no racing will take place in the UK on Saturday, April 17 between 2:45 and 4:15 p.m.
Buckingham Palace announced yesterday that the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will be held in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 3 p.m.
National Minute of Silence
At three o’clock, there will be a National Minute of Silence, which will precede the funeral service. A symbolic parade across the grounds of Windsor Castle will precede the service.
As a result, the ‘Coral Scottish Grand National‘ at Ayr and the ‘Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials‘ at Newbury have been rescheduled from Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 April afternoon.
The BHA announced that ITV Racing’s coverage on Saturday, April 17th, will be postponed, with the rescheduled fixtures at Ayr and Newbury airing on Sunday on the main ITV Channel.
Afternoon fixtures in Bangor-on-Dee, Wales, and Thirsk, North Yorkshire, will start early to enable race finishes to be completed by 14:45.
Meanwhile, ‘minor rice time adjustments’ would be made to the Saturday races at Brighton and Nottingham racecourses, allowing them to start on or close their scheduled times.
Full info on reschedule to be released
Later this week, the BHA will release full info on its rescheduled Saturday 17 April fixtures.
In a statement, the BHA detailed: “British racing will appropriately reflect the period of national mourning at fixtures through to Saturday 17 April, including wearing of black armbands and flags flying at half-mast.”