Final furlong for champion's widow

Lady Cecil to retire from horse racing

Lady CecilThe widow of Sir Henry Cecil, one of flat racing’s greatest trainers, is to retire from training at the end of the current season and sell the Newmarket base which produced a host of champions.

Lady Cecil took out a licence at Warren Place after her husband died in 2013.

Among her 60 winners was Noble Mission, a full brother to her late husband’s brilliant champion Frankel. Noble Mission made all the running to win the Group One Champion Stakes on Champions Day at Ascot and a first prize of £770,000.

Sheikh Mohammed, who famously removed his horses from the stable after a disagreement with Sir Henry in 1995, is believed to be among the possible buyers.

In a statement, Lady Cecil said: “Training, for me, has always been about working with the horses and the team here at Warren Place. That has been a major factor in why I have continued since Henry died two years ago.

“Therefore I confirm that at the end of the Flat season I will stop training. Until then the team and I will continue to work hard to achieve as much as we can with the horses.

“I would like to thank my owners for their much appreciated ongoing support. They have been fantastic over the last two years and I can’t thank them enough for their understanding and help.”

Fellow trainer Ed Walker, who has leased part of the property since December 2013, will continue at Warren Place until November.

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