Major changes are underway in the organizational structure of Godolphin Racing. In addition to Monday's news that Simon Crisford had resigned as racing manager, three stable veterinarians have also resigned.
In addition, James MacEwan, the managing director of Sheikh Mohammed's horse transport business, also left his post, according to a report in the Racing Post.
Godolphin issued the following statement on its website Feb. 25:
A number of changes have been made at Godolphin in response to the findings and recommendations from the extensive internal review led by Lord Stevens.
The changes are intended to streamline and improve management oversight; safeguard horse welfare and ensure compliance with all relevant laws and regulations. They re-emphasize the role of trainers as the individuals responsible for their particular racing stables and make clear that they hold the delegated authority of the owner as defined by the condition of their license.
The changes are summarized below:
- Trainers Saeed bin Suroor of Al Quoz Stables and Godolphin Stables, and Charlie Appleby of Moulton Paddocks and Godolphin Marmoom Stables will be 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.
- Simon Crisford has left Godolphin and will use his racing expertise in a new role as a Racing Adviser to the family and their entourage.
- A new Board of Directors will be announced; members will include H.H. Sheikh Juma bin Dalmook Al Maktoum and Altaf Noorani, among others.
- Hugh Anderson will become Managing Director of Godolphin Management Company Limited, overseeing all services in support of the trainers. He will remain Chief Operating Officer, reporting to the Board of Directors.
- Godolphin trainers in the U.S., France and Ireland will report to Owner Representative John Ferguson.
Quest will temporarily act as the audit and compliance unit for Godolphin until the creation of a permanent audit and compliance unit.
As previously announced, Lord Stevens has been asked to lead an effort to make it easier for all affected stakeholders in the equestrian industry to comply with the complex regulations for the transport of veterinary medicine. Lord Stevens and his team will work with a task force of experts that will consider the creation of a global database containing country-by-country information on registered veterinary medicine.
Godolphin wishes to express its immense gratitude to Simon Crisford for his outstanding service over 22 years, since Godolphin's inception. We wish him every success in his new role as a Racing Adviser to the Maktoum family.
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