Synopsis: Sir Henry Cecil, after four decades of training thousands of horses, was at his lowest ebb in 2005. Suffering cancer, a marriage breakdown largely played out in gossip columns, his brother’s recent death and estrangement from his son, it seemed he was about to retire as his business and stables dwindled… but quite by chance he was introduced to Frankel by his friend and horse owner Khalid Abdullah.
This is the story of how Henry in his autumn years fought failure and illness to make Frankel the greatest champion racehorse of all time, unbeaten in all 14 starts, winning all the honours and bowing out with an emotional victory in front of a capacity crowd at Ascot. The connection between Henry and Frankel was almost spiritual. They had a bond and connection: it was as if Frankel seemed to understand everything that Henry was telling him to do, and Henry credits Frankel for pulling him through some of his darkest moments… Frankel was his second lease of life and they made history together.
Writer: Jim Piddock (Tooth Fairy)
Director: Ron Scalpello
Cast: Jeremy Irons
Producers: John Sachs, Andrew Berg, Jeremy Irons, Kimberley Sachs (Associate Producer)
Executive Producer: Jim Piddock
Sales: Anick Poirier & Lorne Price WaZabi Films, Maren Olson at CAA Principal Photography: Q3 2021
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