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Henry Cecil: Trainer of Genius

Henry Cecil: Trainer of Genius

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By (author) Brough Scott

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  • Publisher: Raceform Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 31mm | 444g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2015
  • Publication City/Country: Newbury
  • ISBN 10: 1909471402
  • ISBN 13: 9781909471405
  • Sales rank: 131,554

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Updated paperback edition of the racing book of 2013. For more than four decades the elegant, slightly foppish figure of trainer Henry Cecil had been adulated by racing fans. He handled countless top horses - his 25 English Classics include four Derby winners - and won dozens of big races around the world. But his story is far from a chronicle of unbroken success. A sharp downturn in his racing fortunes in the late 1990s was accompanied by all manner of personal trials, including well publicised marital problems and then cancer, but the dogged manner in which he has climbed back to the top was rewarded in 2011 by the presence in his Newmarket yard of the wonder horse Frankel. Based on extensive research and interviews with those closest to Cecil, it is shot through with Brough Scott's unparalleled inside knowledge of the sport. Winner of the Horse Racing Book of the Year at the 2014 British Sports Book Awards.

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Brough Scott has covered racing for many years, broadcasting for ITV and Channel 4, as well as co-founding the Racing Post. Voted Best Racing Journalist of the Year 2010, he has written numerous books, including Of Horses and Heroes and Galloper Jack.

Review quote

"Scott's tour of Cecil's inner self is as fascinating as it is illuminating."  —Daily Telegraph