The Grand National not to be rescheduled; BGC calls it ‘disappointing blow’


Just few days ago, Prime Minister of UK had announced the dates for opening up of betting shops in UK. The shops were supposed to be opened in May. In that light, it was speculated that the dates for the Grand National might also get rescheduled.

However, the Grand National will take place on April 10, which is its originally planned date. No rescheduling has been reported.

On point of no rescheduling the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) called it a “disappointing blow.”

As per Gambling insider, BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said: “Whilst we of course respect the decision of the Jockey Club, this news is nonetheless a disappointing blow. Briefly delaying the race could have provided a much-needed boost to racing, to the high street and to millions of punters who support this great sport.

“Races are routinely rescheduled, including most recently because of bad weather. Of course there is always a risk with any decision, but I regret that a ‘can do’ approach did not prevail in this instance.

“This decision will also surprise many people who understand the challenging financial climate racing currently faces.”