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Sir Henry Cecil to be remembered at Royal Ascot

Thousands of racing fans will today pay their respects for first day of Royal Ascot to legendary trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who died last week at the age of 70.

The Newmarket trainer was a 10-time champion racehorse trainer and one of British racing’s most famous personalities as well as one of the industry's most respected trainers.

Sir Henry Cecil with leading jockey Richard Hughes in 2011. Credit: PA

He won 25 British Classics, including the Derby on four occasions and had no fewer than 73 Royal Ascot victories to his name.

Following the traditional pre-racing procession down the course, which will be headed by the Queen, a minute’s silence will be held in honour of Cecil.

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Sir Henry Cecil enjoyed glittering career as horse trainer

Sir Henry Cecil, the legendary horse trainer who died today aged 70, has been described as a "genius" by former stable jockey Steve Cauthen.

The horse trainer enjoyed a glittering career:

  • He was crowned champion trainer 10 times - an award given to the trainer whose horses have won the most prize money in a season.
  • Sir Henry, who was knighted in 2011, was responsible for 25 British Classic winners - the five races classed in this group are the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket, Epsom Oaks and Derby and the St Leger Stakes.
  • He was also the leading handler by some way at Royal Ascot with a record 75 successes.
  • Sir Henry's later years were illuminated by the great Frankel, officially the best horse in the world and unbeaten in 14 starts before retirement.

Read: Sport of kings mourns horse racing royalty

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Newmarket horse-racing trainer Sir Henry Cecil has died

Newmarket horseracing trainer Sir Henry Cecil has died Credit: PA

The Newmarket trainer Sir Henry Cecil has died at the age of 70.

Sir Henry Cecil was a 10-time champion racehorse trainer.

He was one of British racing’s most famous personalities as well as one of the industry's most respected trainers.

He won 25 British Classics, including the Derby on four occasions and had no fewer than 73 Royal Ascot victories to his name.

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