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Lady Cecil commits to Warren Place

Updated: Monday, 23 Sep 2013 17:14 | Comments

Lady Cecil is to carry on as trainer at Warren Place
Lady Cecil is to carry on as trainer at Warren Place

Lady Jane Cecil plans to be firmly active at the sales and would "love to win a Group One" next season after confirming she is to continue to train from the historic Warren Place stables in Newmarket.

Speculation had been rife about the potential future of the yard, for so long associated with Lady Cecil's late husband Sir Henry Cecil.

Lady Cecil took over the licence on a temporary basis following the death of her husband Henry on 11 June, and saddled her first winners just a few days later.

More success followed at Royal Ascot, with Riposte an emotional winner of the Ribblesdale Stakes at the meeting where Henry was the leading trainer by some way.

Lady Cecil told www.sirhenrycecil.com: "I have spoken to our owners and our staff and confirmed that it is my intention to carry on as trainer at Warren Place.

"I have also talked to the British Horseracing Authority about plans to continue and have signed up to complete the training licence modules through the winter.

"It is too early to discuss stable string plans for next year and, in terms of our numbers, the yearling sales at Tattersalls are likely to have a bearing.

"We are aiming to be active at the sales, both for our existing owners and, hopefully, for potential new clients. Part of the challenge is to find new owners and we will be doing our best in that area.

"It's hard to look too far into the future at this point, but I am optimistic that we can continue to achieve good results.

"We are lucky to be able to train from such a superb location as Warren Place. It is proven over the decades as a fabulous environment where horses can thrive. I am also fortunate that Henry built up such a strong team and in Mike Marshall I have an excellent assistant.

"The main aim is to make sure every horse sent here fulfils its potential and I would love to win a Group One so that we can once again raise the flag at Warren Place." 

Another big-race win for Lady Cecil came at York last month, with the Henry Ponsonby-owned Tiger Cliff winning the Betfred Ebor.

Ponsonby said: "It's very good news. I'm delighted for the team at Warren Place.

"It was a great day when Tiger Cliff won the Ebor for us all and it's fingers crossed for the Cesarewitch."

British Horseracing Authority spokesman Robin Mounsey said: "We have been approached by Lady Cecil regarding her intention to train next year, following the expiry of her temporary licence on 31 January, 2014.

"Lady Cecil is currently in the process of booking on to the relevant trainers' modules required for a full Flat trainers' licence at the British Racing School."

Spokesman David Stevens said: "The Cecil name has been popular with punters for many years, so the news Lady Jane is to continue training from Warren Place will be welcomed by racing fans everywhere."

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