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Frankel - Sir Henry Cecil - October 2010

Sir Henry Cecil as honoured for his lifetime contribution to racing

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Cecil 'very honoured' by unique French award

FRANCE: Sir Henry Cecil was honoured alongside France's Champion jockeys David Cottin and Christophe Soumillon at a glittering ceremony in Paris on Wednesday evening.

Cecil was unable to attend in person but a film of the presentation was shown at the 64th Cravache d'Or Awards at the Champs Elysees Theatre.

It's the first time that France Galop have recognized a foreign racing personality in such a way, with the citation for the Cravache International praising not only Cecil's handling of the career of Frankel but his lifetime contribution to racing.

"I am very grateful to receive this lovely award, very honored," said Cecil. "Quite honestly I don't think I really deserve it but I'd like to thank everybody involved for giving me such a wonderful award."

Cecil went on to say how much he enjoyed the challenge of racing in France, commenting that serious consideration had been given to taking Frankel for the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville last August.

He said: "We nearly did, we were thinking about it. But I just had to plan it very carefully, what suited him, the timing and things like that. I would have love to have taken him to France."

Soumillon was winning the award for champion jockey on the Flat for the fifth time, while Cottin, who turned 23 on Tuesday, was crowned leading jump jockey for the third time.

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