\o/ Arise Sir Henry \o/
Henry Cecil’s talent has straddled racing for decades, yet a more unassuming and diffident gentleman you could not hope to meet (although one would hope to meet him).
I have seen him, with his horses, up close a few times and I am always taken with how he looks at his horses. I have probably mentioned it before. His head is usually slightly to one side as if he is listening to what they cannot say, and his eyes literally drink them in. It is the look of love, but it is more than that. It is also the look that confirms the adage the eye of the Master maketh the horse.
Sir Henry’s eye has made many a horse, and we can look forward to seeing his latest, and perhaps eventually greatest, superstar Frankel on Tuesday in the St James’ Palace Stakes at Ascot.
After Frankel’s scintillating 2000 Guineas win he summarised it thus
It worked out exactly as I wanted it to work out and how I’d planned. I thought he could do it like that if he relaxed from the front. Having been in front so long, he was wondering where all the other horses were. He was going to sleep and waiting for them but that’s not a bad thing. He hasn’t taken too much out of himself. I thought if it was going to be a muddling pace, I didn’t want to put him out of his stride.
Slip Anchor did in the Derby but it’s not an easy thing to do. When I saw him him six lengths clear I thought we’d done the right thing. We will sit and think (about taking chance in Derby). I’ve ideas but we’ll think. Once I have talked to the Prince and worked it out together then we’ll let you know. He is in the Dante. We will see how he comes out of this and what we want to do. Whether he will get a mile and a half is another matter. If he was more of a miler then there is the St James’s Palace. We will leave all options open. If he is very well and he ran in the Dante we could easy bring him back a couple of furlongs at Ascot. We want to do the right thing and leave it completely open. Just go very carefully.
It’s very difficult to put years together, different generations. We’ve seen some fantastic horses in our time. He must come up into that category. He is a very, very good horse. Greatness is important for English racing too, for the public who love their racing to haveo a champion. We’ve had with Arkle, Mill Reef, Sea The Stars and other horses. It’s important to have something for everyone to look forward to.
Well said Sir.