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British racing suspended after queen's death

British thoroughbred races cancelled after the death of Queen Elizabeth II

ivan rodriguez gelfenstein

Thursday's and Friday's races in Britain were cancelled out of respect following the Queen's death.

A statement from BHA said on Thursday: "All British Thoroughbred events are mourning today following the death of Her Majesty, Her Queen.

"Her Majesty Elizabeth II was one of the greatest and most influential advocates in the history of horse racing. His passion for racing and racehorses shone throughout his life, not only through his close involvement in breeding and horse racing, but also in his roles of sponsorship of the Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

All members of the Betting and Gaming Board, including Ladbrokes, Coral, Betfred, William Hill and Paddy Power, will close their shops on the Friday following the Queen's death.

The BHA will confirm plans for the races on Saturday and then in due course.

When King George VI died in 1952, all races in Britain were cancelled until his funeral nine days later. But that was in February, with no flat runs and only a few unimportant jumping matches.

The same thing happened after the death of King George V in January 1936, King Edward VII in May 1910 (when the flat and jump competitions had to be cancelled) and Queen Victoria in January 1901.

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