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Cecil lands himself a real Beauty

HENRY CECIL has received a boost with the news that top-class filly Beauty Parlour has left Elie Lellouche to join the Warren Place handler.

Luca Cumani had been sent a dozen unraced juveniles by the Wildenstein family and now their most high-profile horse has joined Cecil, who enjoyed a successful time training for the late Daniel Wildenstein in the late 1970s/early 1980s.

In 2001 Cecil trained the Wildenstein-owned Rolly Polly to win the Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury.

Beauty Parlour has already won the French 1000 Guineas this season and went down narrowly in the French Oaks.

A statement released said: "The Wildenstein Stable today made the decision to send 14 of its 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.

"Considering its ambitions and following the example of other major French stables the Wildenstein stable in fact wanted to give itself a more international calibre.

"Amongst the horses which represent the blue silks in the United Kingdom is Beauty Parlour who will be trained by Sir Henry Cecil because of the long history that unites this stable with this trainer.

"The Wildenstein stable will keep its other horses in France where they will remain with their respective trainers."

Other top-class horses trained by Cecil for the Wildensteins included All Along, Buckskin, Hello Gorgeous and Simply Great.