ShareThis Page

Horse-racing trainer Henry Cecil dies at 70

| Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 11:23 a.m.
This is a June 15, 2011 file photo of race horse trainer Sir Henry Cecil. Cecil, one of British horse racing's most successful trainers with 25 British Classic winners, has died. It was announced Tuesday, June 11, 2013. He was 70.

LONDON — Henry Cecil, one of British horse racing's most successful trainers with 25 classic winners, died Tuesday following a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

A statement on Cecil's website said Warren Place Stables, where he worked as a trainer for 44 years, “confirms the passing of Sir Henry Cecil earlier this morning.”

Cecil was champion trainer in Britain 10 times and trained one of racing's greatest horses, Frankel, who was retired last year after winning all 14 of his races. Cecil was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2011.

The popular Cecil, who hailed from an aristocratic background and started his racing career as an assistant to his stepfather, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2006 and looked frail in his last few public appearances, speaking in a whisper.

After capturing his first classic winner at the 2,000 Guineas with Bolkonski in 1975, he trained four Derby winners and the same number of winners in the St. Leger. He also claimed a record 75 victories at Royal Ascot.

“Following communication with the British Horseracing Authority, a temporary licence will be allocated to Lady Cecil,” the statement on Cecil's website said. “No further update is anticipated this afternoon.”

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.