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Last Updated: Monday, 26 February 2007, 12:03 GMT
Top trainer Cecil fights cancer
CECIL'S DERBY TRIUMPHS
Trainer Henry Cecil
1985 Slip Anchor
1987 Reference Point
1993 Commander-in-Chief
1999 Oath
Ten-times champion trainer Henry Cecil has revealed he is receiving treatment for stomach cancer.

Cecil, whose career includes four Epsom Derby victories among 32 Classic winners, has been having treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for nine months.

The 64-year-old said the treatment had not affected his work and told the Racing Post: "I'm afraid I am going to be around for a long time yet.

"Because of the rumours surrounding my health I am making a statement.

"I didn't want to discuss it but I have been having treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for the last nine months.

"The treatment has been going well, I am on the mend, and it hasn't affected my work in any way and I have been carrying on as normal throughout and enjoying it."

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Tregoning

After a golden period through the 1970s, 80s and 90, Cecil's fortunes have faltered in recent years.

But the Group One flag was raised once more at his Warren Place stables in Newmarket last season after Passage Of Time won the Criterium de Saint Cloud in France in November.

"Everyone at Warren Place is looking forward, hopefully, to having a good season and it is business as normal," he said.

Cecil has employed some of the best-known jockeys, and Kieren Fallon helped provide the trainer's last Epsom Derby success when winning aboard Oath in 1999.

Other big-race triumphs for Cecil include 1,000 Guineas (six times), 2,000 Guineas (2), St Leger (4), Epsom Oaks (6), Ascot Gold Cup (5).

SEE ALSO
Quinn splits with Cecil
08 Jan 04 |  Horse Racing
Cecil aims for change of luck
15 Jun 01 |  Royal Ascot


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