Cecil: Frankel helped me through illness

Cecil: Frankel helped me through illness

Henry Cecil with his unbeaten colt FrankelSir Henry Cecil has hailed Frankel and an inspiration to helping him battle through illness over recent years.

Cecil’s career hit an all-time low back in 2005, where he could only manage 12 winners. However, in 2007, Light Shift was victorious in the Oaks and it was a sign that the famous trainer was back in the big time.

Since unleashing Frankel in 2010, Cecil has never looked back and has enhanced his reputation as one of the best trainers around.

The Warren Place handler was not in attendance when Frankel stormed to victory in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood as he was receiving treatment, but he did admit that the race made him feel 20-years younger. In truth, you would have been better off checking out some Nudges and Features  for your betting funds in Frankel’s career as he was always the clear favorite and came out on top.

Cecil has stated just what an importance the record breaking cult has been on his road to recovery. He said: “I am so lucky to have been allocated Frankel to train. He has been an inspiration and challenge, which I really needed so badly.

“Through my illness, I feel that the help from my wife Jane and the determination to be there for Frankel has helped me so much to get through the season.”

Despite many people saying that Cecil is the big key to Frankel’s success, the trainer has been quick to thank all the members of staff and the team working with the four-year-old and he believes that it has been a massive team effort to achieve what they have.

He added: “What Frankel has achieved during the past year is outstanding but I would not like to take all the praise,”

“There are a lot of people at Warren Place who have all played their part with Frankel and I really appreciate everyone’s efforts – not least Shane Fetherstonhaugh’s. This season, Shane has ridden Frankel entirely at home.

“I’ve managed his training schedule and preparation, but Shane has carried out the orders to perfection. So, perhaps, it could be said that we – Shane and I – have trained Frankel together!”

There is no doubt both Cecil and Frankel will go down as one of the best trainer and horse pairings to have ever worked together. Even if you are not a fan of horse racing and prefer checking out Nudges and Features on fruit machines, you cannot deny their brilliance.