Cecil vows to keep Warren flag flying
Jane Cecil, who has been running Warren Place Stables on a temporary basis since her husband Henry died in June, is to continue to train from the yard next season.
The future of the yard has been uncertain and subject to speculation since the 10-times champion trainer lost his long battle against cancer on June 11 but, a week after his memorial service in Ely Cathedral, Cecil has announced that she is to take over on a permanent basis.
Although her husband did much of the groundwork, Cecil and her team, headed by her able assistant Mike Marshall, have had an excellent season by anyone's standards.
She has sent out 31 winners in her name at a strike-rate of 24pc. These include two Royal Ascot races, with Riposte and Thomas Chippendale, and the Ebor with Tiger Cliff.
In a statement the trainer said: "I've spoken to our owners and staff and confirmed it is my intention to carry on as trainer at Warren Place. I have also talked to the BHA about plans to continue and have signed up to complete the training modules (at the British Racing School) through the winter."
Speaking about the summer, she said: "It has been a difficult time but everyone has pulled together so well, which has enabled us to continue to get the results people associate with Warren Place. We all wanted to make Henry proud and that will continue to be the case."
She said it was too early to be sure about numbers for next year and that the yearling sales at Tattersalls were likely to have a big bearing on numbers. "We are aiming to be active at the sales, both for our existing owners and, hopefully, for some new clients.
"Part of the challenge is to find new owners and we will be doing our best in that area. It's hard to look too far in the future but I am optimistic that we can continue to achieve good results.
"The main aim is to make sure every horse fulfils its potential and I would love to win a Group One so that we can once again raise the flag at Warren Place."
Lord Grimthorpe, long-term supporter and Khalid Abdullah's racing manager, described it as "very good news for Warren Place and all the team there".
Racing at Hamilton yesterday was delayed by an hour after Paul Mulrennan was taken to hospital following a horror fall.
His mount Boxing Shadows clipped the heels of Manatee Bay, whose rider Joe Fanning received a seven-day ban for careless riding. Mulrennan was found to have broken his left shoulder, collarbone and some ribs plus he punctured a lung.
As Mulrennan was taken to Wishaw General Hospital the course was temporarily left with insufficient medical cover, leading to the delay.
Clerk of the course Hazel Peplinski said: "We were waiting for a head scan at Wishaw accident and emergency and I'm pleased to tell you that is clear – that's really, really important as they were concerned for his head.
"He was sounding very confused and is concussed, but the scans are now clear and that is really good news with a head injury."
There was also carnage at Kempton where their all-weather meeting was delayed after an incident in the auction maiden which resulted in three fallers.
David Lanigan's Don Ottavio appeared to break down badly just inside the final furlong, throwing Ted Durcan to the floor.
Sylvester Kirk's Silvercombe was close behind and had nowhere to go, being brought down and sending Renato Souza crashing with him while Seb Sanders was also brought down on board John Hills' Synonym.
Souza was taken to St Peter's Hospital Chertsey for precautionary X-rays.
"He was complaining of pains in his neck when I saw him in the jockeys' hospital here, but he was able to move his arms and legs. Obviously they just put a brace on him (as a precaution)," said Kempton clerk of the course Barney Clifford.
Sanders was fit enough to ride in the following race while Durcan rose to his feet but Souza was stretchered away and unfortunately Silvercombe was reportedly put down. (© Daily Telegraph, London)