Beauty Parlour: one of 14 horses being switched from France to BritainPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Parlour joins Cecil as Wildensteins return
SIR HENRY CECIL has had his stable strengthened by the arrival of French Classic winner Beauty Parlour as part of a move by her owners Ecurie Wildenstein, which has resulted in 14 horses being switched from France to the trainer and his Newmarket colleague Luca Cumani.
Winner of the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches before being beaten as favourite for the Prix de Diane, Beauty Parlour is one of two fillies moved to Warren Place Stables, while Cumani has taken charge of 12 unraced juveniles.
The daughter of Deep Impact was held in the highest regard by her former trainer Elie Lellouche and is as short as 12-1 for the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October, a race Cecil has yet to win.
The arrival of horses owned by the Wildenstein family to Cecil revives a partnership that proved fruitful in the late 1970s and early 80s when the likes of Doncaster Cup winner Buckskin, Royal Lodge and Futurity Stakes scorer Hello Gorgeous and Lockinge and Queen Anne winner Belmont Bay represented the owner and trainer.
Luca Cumani: trainer has taken charge of 12 unraced juvenilesPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
A disagreement between Cecil and Wildenstein over stable jockey Lester Piggott led to the horses leaving Newmarket, apart from the sole appearance of Rolly Polly when winning the 2001 Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury for the old team.
A statement from Ecurie Wildenstein on Thursday said: "The Ecurie Wildenstein have today taken the decision to send 14 of their 85 horses to be trained in the United Kingdom, of which two fillies will go to Sir Henry Cecil and 12 two-year-olds to Luca Cumani.
"Taking account of their ambitions and the outlook of some other great French stables, the Ecurie Wildenstein has decided to take on a more international dimension.
"Among the horses that will represent the blue silks in the United Kingdom will be Beauty Parlour, who will be trained by Henry Cecil in view of the long history that unites the Ecurie and the trainer."
It added: "The Ecurie Wildenstein will keep its other horses in France, where they will remain under the care of their respective trainers."