Friday 19 January 2018

Henry Cecil's historic Newmarket base to be sold and Lady Cecil to retire from training

Henry Cecil
Henry Cecil

Warren Place, the historic Newmarket training base of the late Sir Henry Cecil, is to be sold and his widow Lady Cecil will retire from training at the end of the 2015 Flat season.

Cecil died in 2013, aged 70, with Lady Cecil subsequently taking out a licence to train in her own right. A further announcement is expected when negotiations are concluded.

Lady Cecil told "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 on-going support. They have been fantastic over the last two years and I can't thank them enough for their understanding and help."

Lady Cecil enjoyed great success last season with Noble Mission, as the full-brother to the stable's champion Frankel won three Group Ones, culminating in an emotional success in the Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Ed Walker, who leases part of the property, will continue at Warren Place until November.

It was recently reported that Sheikh Mohammed was in talks to buy Warren Place. A spokesman for the Sheikh declined to comment on speculation when contacted on Wednesday evening.

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