End of Flat season in turmoil as Champions Weekend appears doomed

• Group One dates thrown up in the air by BHA
• Middle Park Stakes moved off Dewhurst card

The climax to this year’s Flat season could be dramatically reshuffled after it was announced on Monday that permission had been granted for the dismantling of Champions’ Weekend. A final decision has yet to be made, however, and the event could yet be staged exactly as it was last year, contrary to initial reports prompted by an equivocally worded press release from the British Horseracing Authority.

The BHA appears to have begun the process by asking the European Pattern Committee to consider whether Future Champions Day could be moved to the weekend of Saturday 10 October, a week before the richly endowed Champions Day at Ascot.

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