Frankel's half-brother provides tribute to Sir Henry
Frankel's half-brother Morpheus (pictured as a foal) won his first race yesterday, providing a small but fitting tribute to his late trainer, Sir Henry Cecil, who sadly passed away earlier this week.
The three-year-old colt, by Juddmonte stallion Oasis Dream out of Frankel's dam Kind, has taken a little more time than some of his siblings to land his first win, but in the 8½ furlong maiden at Nottingham proved he has some ability by staying on strongly to win by an impressive 4½ lengths.
Morpheus was an emotional first winner for Sir Henry's wife, Lady Jane Cecil, who has temporarily taken over the training licence at Warren Place.
Lady Cecil, who was present at Nottingham, said: "The win is for Henry and also for all of the staff who have been so supportive this week."
Shortly afterwards, it was announced that the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot next week will be run as 'the Queen's Vase in Memory of Sir Henry Cecil'. Sir Henry saddled a record 75 winners at Royal Ascot during his career, the last of whom was Frankel in the Queen Anne Stakes last year.