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Celebrated racehorse trainer Sir Henry Cecil dies

It has been announced this afternoon that legendary horseracing trainer Sir Henry Cecil has passed away, aged 70, after a long fight with cancer.

A statement on his official website read: “It is with great sadness that Warren Place Stables confirms the passing of Sir Henry Cecil earlier this morning. Following communication with the British Horseracing Authority, a temporary licence will be allocated to Lady Cecil.”

Cecil was one the most successful flat racing trainers of all time and was knighted for his services to horseracing in the Queen’s 2011 Birthday Honours.

He was British flat racing Champion Trainer 10 times and trained 25 domestic classic winners.

His last horse, Frankel, was his greatest and officially the highest-rated racehorse in the world from May 2011; it retired to stud unbeaten in a 14-race career.

Tributes from the racing world are pouring in, with television presenter Clare Balding tweeting: “Just heard the news that Sir Henry Cecil has died. So, so sad. He was one the true greats and a gentleman. Frankel his crowning glory. #RIP.”

Bruce Archer
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