Sir Henry Cecil will try to travel with his horses to York on WednesdayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Optimistic Cecil set to saddle Frankel at York
SIR HENRY CECIL is determined to defy health concerns to be present at York on Wednesday when his stable star and the world's best racehorse Frankel runs in the Juddmonte International Stakes.
Complications caused by ongoing treatment for cancer meant Cecil was unable to attend Frankel's easy victory in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, but the Newmarket trainer is determined not to miss what looks set to be the brilliant colt's penultimate start.
He said on Monday: "Although I have had some medical treatment recently and not been racing because my immune system is low, I have been able to work from home.
"I am very hopeful that I will be able to make it to York on Wednesday to saddle my horses. I just cannot miss the day and I want to be there for Frankel."
He added: "Frankel seems in good order at the moment leading into the Juddmonte. I do not think the distance is going to be a problem although we are going into unknown territory."
Cecil also runs last year's winner Twice Over.
"He is fresh and well, in good form and deserves to take his chance. I do not expect him to beat Frankel but one never knows and if he gets placed it will help him earn his keep as well as enhance his Group status," said Cecil whose third runner in the race is Bullet Train.