Royal Ascot: Queen’s Vase to Be Run in Memory of Sir Henry Cecil

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The late Sir Henry Cecil, shown with Light Shift, winner of the 2007 Oaks The late Sir Henry Cecil, shown with Light Shift, winner of the 2007 Oaks

Ascot Racecourse today announced that the 2013 Queen’s Vase, to be run next Friday, will be titled: “The Queen’s Vase In Memory of Sir Henry Cecil.”

Jointly with the King Edward VII Stakes, the Queen’s Vase was the race in which Sir Henry had the most success with eight winners. He also holds the outright record in that race, with no other trainer having matched that tally.

Along with the Gold Cup and the Royal Hunt Cup, the Queen’s Vase is one of three races at Royal Ascot for which The Queen donates her own trophy.

The jockeys riding in The Queen’s Vase In Memory of Sir Henry Cecil will wear black armbands for that race.

On Tuesday, the opening day of the Royal Meeting, there will be a minute’s silence at the racecourse after the arrival of the Royal Procession in the Parade Ring.

“Sir Henry was an intrinsic part of Royal Ascot with 75 winners over more than four decades,” said Johnny Weatherby, Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot.

“It is no secret that Royal Ascot was his favourite meeting of the year and we felt it was fitting to honour his achievements here next week, and remember the passing of one the greatest figures that the world of sport has ever seen.

“Our thoughts are with Sir Henry’s family and I am delighted that Lady Jane will be accompanying the Countess of Wessex for the trophy presentation following the Queen’s Vase.”

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  • PNkt

    It was also lovely to see Warren Place send out two winners yesterday, including Frankel’s half-brother Morpheus.

    Royal Ascot will be extremely emotional and we are all hoping that Frankel’s little half- sister JOYEUSE can oblige in the Albany Stakes on Friday.

  • Roisin

    One word sums it up for me, classy !

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