WARREN PLACE, the Newmarket training base synonymous with the late Sir Henry Cecil, is to remain empty until 2017 after Godolphin finalised the purchase of the historic property.
The yard, which has remained home to Lady Cecil, has been without a trainer since sitting tenant Ed Walker left last month but is earmarked to operate as a stables again next year.
John Ferguson, chief executive and racing manager to Godolphin, said: “Godolphin have now completed the purchase of Warren Place but there are no plans to have horses in the yard in 2016. There are plans in the pipeline which will see it occupied in 2017.”
The purchase of Warren Place, which is on the Moulton Road and backs on to trainer Charlie Appleby’s base, will result in a stretch of Godolphin-owned property on the left side of that road that runs all the way to the village of Moulton three miles away.
Godolphin are in a period of change after Ferguson revealed last month he would be closing down his successful jumps yard in April to focus on running the racing and breeding empire.
Lady Cecil, who took over Warren Place after the death of her husband but handed in her trainer’s licence last October, said: “I’m just pleased to still be here and although Godolphin have taken the yard over they have told me they are in no rush to do anything with the house so I can stay until they need it.
“I’m in the process of sorting out all the trophies and things which I will take with me to my new place in the centre of town.”