LONDON – Sir Henry Cecil, 10-time champion Flat trainer, has died at the age of 70.
Responsible for 25 British Classic winners, Scottish-born Cecil was also the leading handler at Royal Ascot with a record 75 successes.
Cecil, who was knighted in 2011, battled cancer in his later years.
Towards the end of his career, the Newmarket-based Cecil trained Frankel, officially the highest-ever rated racehorse after finishing his career unbeaten in 14 starts.
Cecil was described as “the greatest trainer of all time” by racing broadcaster Derek Thompson, champion National Hunt trainer Paul Nicholls called him “a true legend”, while Newmarket racecourse said his contribution to racing would never be forgotten.
American rider Steve Cauthen, who enjoyed six highly successful years as a stable jockey at Warren Place, labelled Cecil “a genius”.
Barbadian champion trainer based in England, Sir Michael Stoute, paid the ultimate tribute by describing Sir Henry as the best trainer the United Kingdom had ever had.
“I do not believe this country has ever produced a better trainer than Henry,” said the Freemason Lodge handler. “I know there has never been one so loved. “And then there was his toughness and courage which had to be seen to be believed as he continued to supervise
the training of his horses. Some man,” Sir Michael said. (Sky)