There have been some changes for Godolphin over the recent weeks, most notably the resignation of John Ferguson, the operation's chief executive and racing manager.
Ferguson's departure brings to a conclusion several events that have occurred over the past couple of years, and as Chris McGrath writes in the Racing Post, now may be the “perfect opportunity for a fresh start in policy as well as personnel. Specifically, McGrath refers to Godolphin's long-held refusal to send any of its mares to Coolmore's supersire, Galileo.
“On one level, you have to admire such unwavering commitment to a perceived point of principle, misguided or otherwise,” McGrath writes. “On another, however, you can only feel a little embarrassed by some of the indignities embraced as a result.”
Godolphin has gone yet another season without a classic winner, of which McGrath says, “What does he (Sheikh Mohammed) think when he looks at yet another turn of the Classic carousel, and sees Galileo producing Churchill, Winter, Rhododendron and Cliffs Of Moher; his sons producing Enable, Cracksman and Eminent; and a daughter producing Barney Roy, the one colt to make an impression in the royal blue silks?”
McGrath concludes with, “If you can't beat them, join them. That has evidently been too unpalatable a climb down for some tastes, very possibly including those of the Sheikh himself. But whoever is responsible, surely this is the moment at least to ask the question. Is it all about self-respect – or merely self-regard?”
Read more in the Racing Post
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