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Thursday 22 March 2018

Tributes pour in for racing legend Cecil

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

TRIBUTES from across the racing world have been paid to the legendary horse trainer Henry Cecil who has died after a long battle with stomach cancer.

The 70-year-old, right, was responsible for 25 British Classic winners and was crowned champion trainer on 10 occasions, having also enjoyed a series of landmark successes at Royal Ascot over the years.

Despite health problems, he enjoyed great success in his later years with Frankel – at one point ranked the best horse in the world – which remained unbeaten in 14 starts before retirement.

Legendary Irish jockey Mick Kinane, who rode several big race winners for Cecil, including the 1993 Derby, said he "was a lovely man to ride for".

"He had a great way of making you feel at ease even when the stakes were high," he said.

"It was fitting that he ended up with a horse like Frankel when he faced his biggest battle himself."

Another icon of the Irish racing scene, Pat Eddery, remembered his time riding for Cecil. "He was a genius and I was very fortunate to have ridden for him, and it's just really sad."

Fellow Irish jockey, Kieren Fallon, described him as a "legend".

Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh said he was "privileged to have ridden" for the Flat racing trainer.

tributes: sport, page 65

Irish Independent

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