Lady Cecil to retire from training

Ascot Champions Day, 18/10/14. The QPCO Champion Stakes.'Noble Mission ridden by James Doyle with trader Lady Jane Cecil and groom Martyn Peake ANL-141022-105025002
Ascot Champions Day, 18/10/14. The QPCO Champion Stakes.'Noble Mission ridden by James Doyle with trader Lady Jane Cecil and groom Martyn Peake ANL-141022-105025002
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Lady Cecil, widow of Sir Henry, has announced she will give up training at the end of the season.

Executors of the will of the late champion trainer are understood to be finalising the sale of Warren Place, her current training base, and it is understood the yard is likely to become the property of Sheikh Mohammed.

Lady cecil took over the training licence shortly after the death of her husband in June 2013. In a statement she said that working at Warren Place had been a major factor in her decision to continue operating the yard. Now that was no longer an option she had decided to close the business rather than look for alternative premises.

“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,” she said.

“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 One races culminating in an emotional success in the Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Warren Place was built in 1926 and has produced the winners of 42 British Classics as well as countless other big race winners. Sir Noel Murless, whose daughter Julie was Cecil’s first wife, trained such Turf greats as Crepello, St Paddy, Royal Palace and Petite Etoile there and Cecil followed with the likes of Oh So Sharp, Oath, Reference Point, Slip Anchor, Indian Skimmer, Ardross and most recently Frankel.