Henry Cecil, trainer of Frankel, and one of the most successful trainer of this or any generation has been honoured and knighted in the Queens birthday honours list.
Cecil, who began training in 1969 has won 25 Classics in his illustrious career has been honoured for his services to racing, an honour that will come as a welcome surprise to his legions of followers who for years have referred to the trainer as “Sir” Henry.
Aside from his 25 classic wins Cecil has won the Derby four times and will next week look to increase his Royal Ascot past an amazing 73 when his horse Frankel lines up in the St James Palace Stakes on Tuesday.
Tributes from the world of racing have flooded in for the universally popular trainer who has been fighting a long battle against cancer. Roger Charlton, who saddled Quest For Fame to win the Derby in 1990, tweeted on Saturday morning: “Hats off and many congratulations to Sir Henry Cecil on his knighthood.”
Another trainer to tweet their congratulations was Ed Dunlop who said “Many, many congratulations to the governor, fully deserved for all he has done for our industry,” he wrote
Other racing figures to receive honours include Jeremy Richardson, the former chief executive of the Injured Jockeys’ Fund, who was awarded an OBE.
Grand National-winning owner Trevor Hemmings and horse-whisperer Monty Roberts have also been honoured for services to Her Majesty’s racing establishment.