Sir Henry Cecil
Sir Henry Cecil

Sir Henry Cecil

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SIR HENRY CECIL

1943 - 2013

Sir Henry Cecil, one of Britain’s most successful trainers of all time, has died. He was 70 and had battled stomach cancer since 2006. The Warren Place conditioner registered 25 British Classic wins, and had lately guided the unbeaten Frankel (GB) (Galileo).

“It is with great sadness that Warren Place Stables confirms the passing of Sir Henry Cecil earlier this morning,” reported sirhenrycecil.com. “Following communication with the British Horseracing Authority, a temporary licence will be allocated to Lady Cecil. No further update is anticipated this afternoon.”

Born near Aberdeen in 1943, 10 minutes ahead of his brother David, who died in 2000, Cecil took out his trainer’s licence in 1969 and registered his first British Classic win with Bolkonski (Ire) (Balidar) in the 1975 G1 2000 Guineas, following up a year later with Wollow (Ire) (Wolver Hollow). Frankel became his third 2000 Guineas winner in 2011. He also won four renewals of both the G1 St Leger and the G1 Epsom Derby, winning the latter with Slip Anchor (GB) (Shirley Heights), Reference Point (GB) (Mill Reef), Commander in Chief (GB) (Dancing Brave) and Oath (Ire) (Fairy King).

Cecil, who was Knighted by The Queen for services to horseracing in 2011, was renowned for his record with distaffers and tallied six victories in the G1 1000 Guineas and eight in the G1 Epsom Oaks. He was crowned Britain’s champion trainer on 10 occasions, with the lastest of those titles in 1993, and amassed a record 75 Royal Ascot winners.

Despite the lack of a Group 1 success in the early part of the millennium, Cecil was resurgent when Light Shift (Kingmambo) bagged the 2007 G1 Epsom Oaks, but the best was saved until last. His career reached a pinnacle through his association with the unbeaten Frankel, who claimed 10 Group 1 events in an unbeaten 14-race career.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News