Cecil targets Group One success for Warren Place

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.

Cecil targets Group One success for  Warren Place

She took over the licence on a temporary basis following the death of her husband Henry Cecil on June 11, and saddled her first winners 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.

Cecil told www.sirhenrycecil.com: “I have spoken to our owners and our 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.

“We are aiming to be active at the sales, both for our existing owners and, hopefully, for potential new clients.

“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.”

* Elusive Kate and Sky Lantern are set to lock horns in a fascinating rematch in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

The two top-class fillies were involved in a controversial finish to the Falmouth Stakes back in July when John Gosden’s Elusive Kate drifted into Richard Hannon’s grey, carrying her across the track.

Elusive Kate survived a stewards’ inquiry and a subsequent appeal by Hannon and Sky Lantern’s owners.

Gosden’s charge then went to France to win the Prix Rothschild for a second successive year, before finishing down the field in the Prix Jacques le Marois.

Sky Lantern has only run once since, when fifth over 10 furlongs in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood, and she reverts back to a mile this weekend.

There are now 11 fillies and mares in the one-mile Group One at the confirmation stage with the Kevin Prendergast-trained La Collina being supplemented to the tune of £16,000.

She was fourth in this race last year but had not won for more than two years until landing the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown this month.

The two other Irish-trained possibles are David Wachman’s Duntle and Say from Aidan O’Brien’s stable.

Just The Judge, winner of the Irish 1,000 Guineas, has been left in by trainer Charlie Hills, while a quality list is completed by Beatrice Aurore, Chigun, Integral and Purr Along.

nOisin Murphy continued on the crest of a wave when making it five wins from his last five rides on New Fforest in the SIS Live Handicap at Leicester yesterday.

In action for the first time since his incredible 9,260-1 four-timer on Saturday’s Ayr Gold Cup card, the star apprentice took the feature event at the Midlands track.

Oozing confidence, the 18-year-old from Killarney had New Fforest, trained by his boss Andrew Balding, in a good position from the outset and the 5-1 chance bounded clear in the closing stages to win by a length and a quarter.

“She travelled really well for Oisin. He’s riding with great confidence,” said Dan Downing, spokesman for owner-breeders Elite Racing.

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