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“Having dealt with the events of last year and seen the Lord Stevens inquiry
through to its conclusion, I thought that this was a good moment to bring my time
at Godolphin to a close.” - Simon Crisford
Simon Crisford resigned this week as racing manager of Godolphin, a role he has held since the stable’s inception in 1989, and has accepted the position as Sheikh Mohammed’s global racing advisor, according to a release highlighting changes the operation has made in the wake of an extensive review led by Lord Stevens.
The review, which concluded the operation’s former trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni acted alone, was still critical of how Godolphin handled a doping scandal last summer.
According to the release, “The roles of Saeed Bin Suroor of Al Quoz Stables and Stanley House, and Charlie Appleby of Moulton Paddocks and Al Asifa Stables will be re-emphasized as the people ultimately responsible for their particular stables; they hold the delegated authority of the owner as defined by the condition of their license. They will also serve as the chief spokesmen for their respective stables and Godolphin. As a result of these changes, the position of Racing Manager for Godolphin no longer exists.”
In addition, a new board of directors will be announced and will include HH Sheikh Juma bin Dalmook Al Maktoum and Altaf Noorani. Hugh Anderson will become managing director of the Godolphin Racing Office and Godolphin trainers in the U.S., France and Ireland will report to John Ferguson.
“Having dealt with the events of last year and seen the Lord Stevens inquiry through to its conclusion, I thought that this was a good moment to bring my time at Godolphin to a close,” Crisford told Racing Post. “I had felt for a while that I would like a fresh challenge. I think the time is right for a new start for the stable and for me. Sheikh Mohammed has asked me to take on a new role as his global racing adviser. I am delighted to have accepted that position and I am very much looking forward to what will be an exciting new chapter for me.”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News