Henry Cecil celebrated at Ascot

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  • The life of Sir Henry Cecil is to be celebrated at Ascot later this month in a new display.

    Previously unseen memorabilia from Sir Henry’s home at Warren Place, Newmarket, will be displayed at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions day on Saturday, 19 October.

    The 10-times champion trainer died on 11 June, aged 70. He had been suffering from cancer for many years. He enjoyed great success at the end of his career with Frankel, winner of last year’s Champion Stakes.

    Sir Henry with his mother as a child

    Sir Henry with his mother as a child

    The specially selected collection will include photographs from throughout his life and the flag he used to fly above his house after a Group One victory. Some of the trophies he won during his glittering 44-year career will also be on display, and there will a video of some of his great horses together with a tribute by Clare Balding.

    “Henry loved Ascot and I know he would be delighted to have this exhibition there on British Champions Day,” said Sir Henry’s widow Lady Cecil.

    Sir Henry out riding with his twin brother

    Sir Henry out riding with his twin brother

    “I hope people will enjoy seeing the photos and some of the things from our home that meant so much to him.”

    Last month (16 September), Lady Cecil announced that she is planning to continue training at Warren Place. She was granted a temporary licence by the British Horseracing Authority after Sir Henry’s death in June, but will now undertake the necessary modules to complete the full trainer’s course.

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