Grand National could be POSTPONED after Prince Philip's death with decision to be made today

TOMORROW'S Grand National could be POSTPONED following the sad death of Prince Philip.

A decision on the world's most famous race going ahead at Aintree will be made later today.

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away at Windsor Castle aged 99, it was confirmed today.

Prince Philip had been an honorary member of the Jockey Club since 1947.

He regularly accompanied the Queen, a high-profile owner and breeder of top racehorses, to meets including Royal Ascot and the Epsom Derby.

Last year's Grand National was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The first day of racing in this year's Grand National Festival got underway in Merseyside yesterday.

Sir Alex Ferguson was the big winner on the day, scooping £169,000 with three winners in the first three races.

And the ex-Manchester United manager has a runner in the big one with 50-1 outsider Give Me A Copper.

But he and punters could have to wait to watch the showpiece event should bosses decide to push it back as a mark of respect to the late Duke.

Jockeys at Aintree today will wear black armbands and a two-minute silence will take place before the first race.

Flags at the course will also be flown at half-mast.

Sandy Dudgeon, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said: "We received the news of The Duke of Edinburgh’s death with great sadness.

"On behalf of The Jockey Club, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and all members of the Royal Family."

An update on whether racing across the country will continue to take place is expected later today.

Three different races at Ascot have been named after the late Duke, with the most recent the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap at the royal meeting, held every June.

A statement from the royal family confirming his passing said: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course.

"The royal family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

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