Sweet Pea named in honour of Sir Henry Cecil

Sweet Pea Sir Henry Cecil

Sweet Pea Sir Henry Cecil

A beautiful new sweet pea bred by the world’s leading hybridist and introduced for the 2014 season by Mr Fothergill’s has been named Sir Henry Cecil in honour of Britain’s greatest racehorse trainer, who died earlier this year (2013).   The sweetly scented chocolate flake variety was officially ‘christened’ by Lady Cecil at the Kentford, Newmarket, seed company’s annual press open day in early August.

“We knew Sir Henry loved his flower garden as a form of relaxation from the pressure of training racehorses, and so we were honoured when Lady Cecil agreed to our request to name the new variety in his memory”, said the company’s joint managing director John Fothergill.  “He was also greatly admired and loved not only by the racing community, but by the whole of our home town of Newmarket and beyond”.

Sweet Pea Sir Henry Cecil was bred in New Zealand by the renowned Dr Keith Hammett and is available exclusively from Mr Fothergill’s.  Such is his reputation that Mr Fothergill’s now puts a special flash on all its sweet pea variety packets bred by him to highlight the fact.  A packet of 20 seeds of Sweet Pea Sir Henry Cecil costs £1.99.

In a training career at Newmarket which spanned more than 40 years, Sir Henry won 3431 races worldwide, 25 British Classic races, had 75 successes at Royal Ascot and won 10 trainers’ titles.  Of the many top-class horses he trained the most famous is Frankel, which won 14 races and retired unbeaten in 2012.

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