Racing – the Queen's favourite sport – gets back underway at Doncaster

Racing – Queen Elizabeth’s favourite sport – gets back underway following a two-day break to mark her death as Frankie Dettori and his fellow jockeys hold a two-minute silence and sing ‘God Save the King’ at Doncaster

  • Racing was postponed across the country on Friday and Saturday in respect
  • Gets back underway on Sunday with a full card at Doncaster and Chepstow
  • National anthem and two minute silence expected in tribute to the Queen 

Racing has got back underway after being postponed on Friday and Saturday following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. 

With full cards postponed across the country, fans flocked back to Chepstow and Doncaster in droves to pay tribute to the Queen ahead of an exciting day’s racing. 

The St Leger is the pick of a nine-race card at Doncaster after being put back 24 hours from its usual Saturday slot. 

Frankie Dettori was one of those who observed a two-minute silence in honour of the Queen who passed away on Thursday

Her Majesty was notable for her passion for the sport, owing and breeding hundreds of horses over her storied life and involvement in the sport. 

Racing observed a period of two days mourning and will once again observe a day of mourning next Monday, the day of her funeral. 

Owners, jockeys, trainers and punters all stood in silence for a two-minute period of observance following the Queen’s passing on Thursday. 

Statue of Double Trigger is covered with the royal racing colours at Doncaster on Sunday

In a special film shown at Doncaster prior to the two-minute silence, Brough Scott presented a special film dedicated to the Queen’s life in racing. He called the race course her ‘public competition’. 

The Queen won four of the five British Classics, with Carrozza claiming the Oaks in 1957, Pall Mall the 2,000 Guineas in 1958, Highclere, thought to be her finest horse, winning the 1,000 Guineas in 1974 and Dunfermline winning the Oaks and St Leger in the same 1977 summer.

The Derby, the most prestigious of all the British Classics, was the one that eluded her, coming closest in 1953. 

The jockeys at Doncaster all observed the two-minute silence impeccably for the person many credit 

In 2013, perhaps her finest day in the sport came when she watched on from the Royal Box as Estimate claimed the Gold Cup at Ascot. It ensured the Queen became the first royal in 207 years to have owned the winner of the race. 

Heartwarming footage circulated showing the Queen beaming with delight sat next to her racing manager John Warren as Estimate stormed to victory.  

Following the two-minute silence, Ella Jay led the crowd in the sport’s first rendition of God Save the King following the accession of King Charles III to the throne. 

The parade ring stood in silence as a tribute video was shown before the two-minute period of observance was paid

The day’s racing got underway at Doncaster with Frankie Dettori claiming the Champagne Stakes aboard Chaldean. 

Sport across the country was halted in the aftermath of the Queen’s death with cricket, rugby and horse racing all resuming over the weekend while football paused.

It was announced this weekend that the funeral would take place next Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey.  

Frankie Dettori won the day’s opening race aboard Chaldean trained by Andrew Balding




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