Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Prince Leads Cecil Tributes

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Prince Leads Cecil Tributes

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LEADING owner Prince Khalid Abdullah paid tribute to "genius" Sir Henry Cecil following the legendary trainer's death.

Abdullah enjoyed some of his greatest successes on a racecourse alongside Cecil, who lost his battle with stomach cancer at the age of 70.

Cecil's name will long be 1remembered for the expert way in which he handled the Abdullah-owned Frankel over the previous three years and their relationship was one of the strongest partnerships in racing.

In a statement, Abdullah said: "It was with great sadness that I learnt of the death of Henry. His life is a remarkable story which has inspired so many.

"His genius and compassion, especially in the training of Frankel, was clear to see. Both their names will be indelibly linked.

"Above all, he was a great personal friend."

Frankel was ridden in all his races by Tom Queally, Cecil's first jockey in recent years.

He said: "Every other trainer aspires to be like him and no other trainer will come close.

"He really excelled with Frankel. He made all he right calls and all the right choices with him.

"He retired unbeaten and that was his (Cecil's) jewel in the crown. Racing has lost a real gentleman."

Champion trainer 10 times and responsible for 25 British Classic winners, Cecil was also the leading handler by some way at Royal Ascot with a record 75 successes.

American Steve Cauthen enjoyed six highly successful years as stable jockey at Cecil's Warren Place yard, including many Classic triumphs and the Triple Crown success of the filly Oh So Sharp in 1985.

"It's a great loss to the sport and to everybody who knew him. He was such a great guy - different, special, a genius and we had six great years together," he said.

"The first year we had an amazing run when Slip Anchor won the Derby and Oh So Sharp won the Triple Crown for fillies. …

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