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Scottish Grand National moved to respect Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

The British Horseracing Authority has moved the race from Saturday to Sunday.

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The Scottish Grand National is to be pushed back by a day “as mark of respect to the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh”.

The British Horseracing Authority has announced the change as it adjusts its planned meetings to avoid any racing at the same time as the funeral at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The showpiece race will now take place on April 18, though the exact time is yet to be finalised.

The BHA said that Friday’s meeting at Ayr Racecourse will still go ahead as planned.

Sporting events up and down the UK are being reassessed after the funeral plans were made public. The Scottish FA is in discussions about the Scottish Cup ties scheduled for next Saturday, including the Old Firm derby at Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon.

The English Football League has already announced that all of their football matches will be moved, and Premiership Rugby has also said they will reschedule games.

Government guidance states that: “The decision as to whether sporting fixtures continue to go ahead is at the discretion of organisers. Organisers may wish to consider using black armbands and observing a silence before matches are played.”