Tributes to Sir Henry Cecil

11th June 2013

Sir Henry Cecil

Sir Henry Cecil

Paying tribute to the life of Sir Henry Cecil, William Gittus, Managing Director of Jockey Club Estates, which owns and operates Newmarket Training Grounds, said:

"Henry has been a hugely important part of the Newmarket Training Grounds for so many years. It is difficult to imagine what Warren Hill will be like without his familiar figure.

"His contribution to racing and to the town is hard to quantify but is perhaps best demonstrated by how the public took such a famous trainer and such a famous horse in Frankel to their hearts in the last few years.

"Our thoughts are with Jane, his family and all at Warren Place at this very sad time."

Commenting on the sad news on behalf of Newmarket Racecourses, Amy Starkey, East Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said:

"Everyone at Newmarket Racecourses is hugely saddened to hear the news that Sir Henry has passed away and our thoughts are very much with Lady Cecil and all of the family.

"He was a much-loved gentleman of our sport and his winners were always hugely well received at both the Rowley Mile and the July Course.

"In total, he had no less than nine 2000 and 1000 Guineas winners - more than any other trainer from the modern era. These successes, along with the many others he had at the highest level will ensure he is remembered as one of the greats of his profession. 

"Those of us at Newmarket Racecourses were lucky enough to regularly come into contact with Sir Henry and his kindness and willingness to help were greatly appreciated by us all. Only earlier this spring, he attended a meeting to offer his thoughts and advice regarding our race programme. 

"We, like so many others, will miss him very much and will never forget just how much he contributed to the sport of racing, not least here at Newmarket Racecourses."