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Frankel - Sir Henry Cecil - October 2010

Sir Henry Cecil with his former stable star Frankel

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Cecil gears up for new season with Hot Snap

SIR HENRY CECIL, without the mighty Frankel this season, sends out his first runner of the campaign when Midday's half-sister Hot Snap runs in Wednesday's Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmaket.

Cecil has enjoyed a fantastic spell over the last three years with the now-retired Frankel, who incidentally has got the trainer's six-time top-level winner Midday in foal, but it is time for a new generation at Warren Place.

Like Frankel and Midday, Hot Snap runs in the colours of her breeder Khalid Abdullah and will test her Classic credentials in the Nell Gwyn, a race Cecil has won a record seven times, but not since 1987 when Martha Stevens scored.

The daughter of Pivotal, who won a Kempton maiden on her only start last year, is 33-1 for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas and 20-1 for the Investec Oaks.

Teddy Grimthorpe, Abdullah's racing manager, said: "This is a fact-finding mission. We rate her, but this is a step up from a maiden.

"Henry is pleased with her. She's a good type who has done very well over the winter."

Among Hot Snap's rivals is Waterway Run, a Group 3 winner last season, who ended the year when sixth of 14 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

She is 33-1 for the 1,000 Guineas and trainer Ralph Beckett said: "She is in very good form. She had a small blip three to four weeks ago - she had a temperature for a couple of days and missed some work - but she has done enough to show she's ready to run.

"She is not a flashy worker, however, and will come on for the run. She came a long way in a short space of time last year and I hope that she will progress from two to three."  

 
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