Cecil: The pressure is off
Sir Henry Cecil has declared himself ready for the season ahead with the pressure off him following Frankel’s retirement.
Cecil was responsible for Frankel throughout his three-year career and it proved a dream partnership with the son of Galileo winning all 14 of his races, including the Juddmonte International, Champion Stakes, St James’s Palace Stakes and 2000 Guineas.
Training the world’s greatest horse may have seen like a dream job, but it also came with huge pressure to succeed, which proved difficult for Cecil as he battled illness.
It is all change at Warren Place this year with Frankel now residing at Banstead Manor Stud and Cecil’s health improving by the day and he insists he is raring to get stuck in once more.
“Frankel has a new career starting and it’s very exciting. As he’s so close it means I can go and see him,” Cecil told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“You never know (when horses go to stud) but he was such a terrific racehorse with so much ability you feel he’ll pass it to his offspring.
“It was a difficult year because I wasn’t well, I had a lot of treatment and everything.
“When you’re trying to work and you’ve got a horse of that calibre there’s a certain amount of pressure at being able to do it properly.
“I found it more pressure trying to be there for him when I wasn’t feeling very well.
“I’m picking up the whole time now, I had three and a half weeks doing nothing in Dubai, it was a lovely holiday, I’m getting my energy back, putting on weight and raring to go.”