Lady Cecil commits to keeping flag flying at Warren Place


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Lady Cecil has confirmed that she is to continue to train from Warren Place in Newmarket next season, planning to be active at the autumn sales and declaring that she would “love to win a Group One” – the traditional signal for the Cecil standard to be flown at the yard – next season.

Lady Cecil took over the licence on a temporary basis following the death of her husband, Sir 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 and Thomas Chippendale gaining a traumatic success in the Hardwicke Stakes, as the four-year-old collapsed and died after passing the winning post.

Lady Cecil said: “I have spoken to our owners and staff, and confirmed 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.”

Coral make Lady Cecil 12-1 to train a British Classic winner in 2014 and 4-1 to send out a domestic Group One winner next year, but before then the stable has top-flight entries this weekend with Frankel’s half-sister Joyeuse in the Cheveley Park Stakes and Chigun in the Sun Chariot Stakes, where the 1,000 Guineas winner Sky Lantern and runner-up Just The Judge could renew rivalry over the Classic course and distance.

At Leicester on Monday Oisin Murphy, who rode a 9,260-1 four-timer at Ayr on Saturday, won on his first and only ride since aboard the 5-1 chance New Fforest.

Less fortunate was Paul Mulrennan, who suffered a broken collarbone, broken ribs and a punctured lung when his mount was brought down at Hamilton. He faces several days in hospital. At Kempton, jockey Renato Souza was taken to hospital for precautionary X-rays after being unseated when three runners fell in a two-year-old contest.