Newmarket already has a very healthy horse population, but one of the major training centres in the country is set for a boost, with the news that French Classic winner, Beauty Parlour, has joined Sir Henry Cecil as part of a major transfer of horses by her owner, Ecurie Wildenstein, from France to Newmarket.
Also part of that deal is one that will see fellow Newmarket handler, Luca Cumani, gain a boost to his juvenile ranks, with 12 unraced two-year-olds set to join him shortly. The news will come as a boon to fans of live in-play betting.
Beauty Parlour is one of two fillies who have moved to Warren Place – 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 Beauty Parlour at Cecil’s rekindles a partnership that was successful in the late 1970s and early 80s, when the combination had the likes of Buckskin (Doncaster Cup winner) and Royal Lodge and Futurity Stakes scorer, Hello Gorgeous, as well as Belmont Bay, who won the Lockinge and Queen Anne at Newbury and Royal Ascot, respectively.
The partnership split over a disagreement about stable jockey, Lester Piggott, and the Wildenstein horses appeared to have left Newmarket forever, although they did make a brief return when Rolly Polly won the 2001 Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury for the Cecil/Wildenstein combination, which is now back in harness.
Part of the decision is based around the fact that the Wildenstein’s have decided to take on a more international dimension with their horses, and this move will see 14 of their 85 horses in training now trained in the United Kingdom.
Cumani has already taken delivery of his new bunch of juveniles, numbering eight colts and four fillies, and he was excited about the move, which he called a “huge vote of confidence” in British racing.
All of the juveniles are homebreds, and it will take time for them to settle in; they are viewed as more likely to feature in the racing betting odds as three-year-olds, rather than be raced as juveniles.