Each year Newmarket Racecourses celebrates the life and career of trainer Sir Henry Cecil with two tributes to the legendary trainer at the Moët & Chandon July Festival.
Sir Henry, who died in 2013, loved The July Course and particularly enjoyed its three-day summer showpiece.
To commemorate the huge contribution that he made to the sport, from 2014 onwards Newmarket has named the one-mile Listed race for three-year-olds on the first day in his memory.
The race is staged as the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes (formerly known as the Stubbs Stakes). The late trainer’s name is attached to the race in perpetuity.
The second part of Newmarket Racecourses’ tribute to the great man is that the winning connections will be presented, as part of the first prize, with a rose as a button-hole, in memory of the garden at Warren Place that Cecil cultivated and loved so much.
The specially named ‘Sir Henry Cecil rose’ is white with a cream reverse and was first bred by Robert Webster in 2013, and is presented to the winning connections of the race as well as being showcased around The July Course.
Lady Cecil, wife of Sir Henry, said in 2014: “It is very kind of Newmarket Racecourses to run a race in Henry’s name. It is especially fitting that the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes will be staged at the July Festival, which was always one of his three very favourite meetings.
“I am grateful, too, to Newmarket for its gesture in commissioning the ‘Sir Henry Cecil’ rose for display at the July Course. Everyone knew that roses were one of Henry’s passions and to have the ‘Sir Henry Cecil’ bloom present at The July Course, which he loved, seems very appropriate.”
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