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Sir Henry Cecil's team get two winners

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The widow of Sir Henry Cecil has said the 10-times champion trainer's team are intent on continuing to succeed, after enjoying two winners yesterday.

Lady Cecil was at Nottingham to see Morpheus win, while Songbird was also victorious at Yarmouth, two days after Sir Henry passed away at the age of 70.

In honour of Sir Henry's contribution to the sport, it has been announced that next week's Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot will be named after him. 

A minute's silence will be held ahead of the race on June 21, with jockeys also wearing black armbands as a mark of respect. 

Lady Cecil, who has temporarily take over the training licence at Warren Place stables in Newmarket, commented: "The staff are determined to carry on for Henry and have winners."

Sir Henry's death on Tuesday followed a long battle with stomach cancer. 

Warren Place entered five runners on Thursday, and several more are set to run at Royal Ascot next week in "The Queen's Vase In Memory of Sir Henry Cecil". 

"It's such an honour for his family, and a race he has won eight times before," Lady Cecil told reporters. "He identified Disclaimer for the race straight after he won last time and let's hope it can be a very special day. We hope to have a runner each day at Royal Ascot, ground permitting."

Tuesday's opening day of the meeting could see Tiger Cliff run for the Cecil team in the Ascot Stakes.

Lady Cecil said she was grateful for the countless cards and tributes since Sir Henry's death.

"I've had a lot of support and I know it's a cliche, but the cards and letters have been a great comfort," she added.

Morpheus justified being sent off the 4-5 favourite when winning Nottingham's ABG Law Classic Maiden.

After the post-race presentation, Lady Cecil listened to commentary of Songbird's triumph on a mobile phone in the winner's enclosure.

"It is lovely to have winners for Prince Khalid Abdulla (Morpheus) and Sir Robert Ogden (Songbird), who have been great supporters down the years," she added.


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