Sir Henry Cecil dies, aged 70


10 time champion Flat trainer Sir Henry Cecil has passed away at the age of 70, after battling cancer for six years.

Cecil recently trained Frankel, officially the highest-ever rated racehorse after remarkably finishing his career unbeaten in 14 races.

Scottish-born Cecil, who was knighted two years ago, was also the leading handler at Royal Ascot with a record 75 successes overall.

Tuesday's four meetings in the United Kingdom saw all jockeys wearing black armbands as a mark of respect following the death of Cecil while a minute's silence was also arranged at the meets at Worcester, Fontwell, Lingfield and Salisbury.

Cecil was described as "the greatest trainer of all time" by racing broadcaster Derek Thompson, while champion National Hunt trainer Paul Nicholls took to Twitter to call him "a true legend."

Cecil first took out a training licence in 1969 and had his first British Classic win with Bolkonski in the 1975 renewal of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, before winning the same race the following year. He also trained four Derby winners.


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