Racing – the Queen’s favorite sport – resumes as they hold a two minute silence and sing God save the King to St Leger in Doncaster
- Racing was postponed across the country on Friday and Saturday in respect
- Started again on Sunday with a full card at Doncaster and Chepstow
- National anthem and two minutes of silence expected in tribute to the Queen
Racing has resumed after being postponed on Friday and Saturday following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.
With full tickets postponed across the country, fans flocked back to Chepstow and Doncaster to pay tribute to the Queen ahead of an exciting day of racing.
The St Leger is a nine-race card pick at Doncaster after being pushed back 24 hours from its usual Saturday slot.
Frankie Dettori was among those who observed a two-minute silence in honor of the Queen who passed away on Thursday
Her Majesty stood out for her passion for the sport, and has hundreds of horses to thank and breed over her storied life and involvement in the sport.
Racing observed a two-day period of mourning and will observe another day of mourning next Monday, the day of her funeral.
Owners, jockeys, trainers and gamblers all stood in silence for a two-minute period of celebration following the Queen’s passing on Thursday.
Statue of Double Trigger is covered in the royal racing colors in Doncaster on Sunday
In a special film shown prior to the two minutes of silence in Doncaster, Brough Scott presented a special film devoted to the Queen’s racing life. He called the racecourse its “public competition.”
The Queen won four of the five British Classics, with Carrozza claiming the Oaks in 1957, Pall Mall the 2000 Guineas in 1958, Highclere, considered her best horse, winning the 1000 Guineas in 1974 and Dunfermline the Oaks and St Leger won in the same summer of 1977.
The Derby, the most prestigious of all British classics, was the one that eluded her and came closest in 1953.
The Doncaster jockeys all observed the two minute silence, impeccable for the person who deserves a lot of credit
In 2013, perhaps her best day in the sport came as she watched from the Royal Box as Estimate claimed the Gold Cup at Ascot. It saw the Queen become the first royal in 207 years to own the winner of the race.
Heartwarming images circulated showing the Queen beaming with delight next to her race manager John Warren as Estimate stormed to victory.
After the two-minute silence, Ella Jay led the crowd in the first rendition of God Save the King after King Charles III’s accession to the throne.
The race of the day started in Doncaster with Frankie Dettori claiming the Champagne Stakes aboard Chaldean.
More to come.