Simon Crisford

Juveniles Seek Breeders’ Cup Berth In Sunday’s Prix Morny At Deauville

Shaikh Duaij Al Khalifa’s A’ Ali (IRE), seeking his second Breeders’ Cup Challenge victory this year, and the unbeaten Earthlight (IRE), headline Sunday’s six-furlong Darley Prix Morny (G1) for 2-year-olds at Deauville. The Prix Morny winner will receive an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge. […]

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Crisford: Ostilio Will Bring European Style To G1 Fourstardave

Trainer Simon Crisford was on hand at Saratoga Race Course on Thursday morning to watch Godolphin’s Ostilio train on the Oklahoma dirt training track in preparation for the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap. The one-mile event over the inner turf at the Spa is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Race offering a ‘Win and You’re In’ berth […]

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New King Earns Near-Record Price At Tattersalls July Sale

The Tattersalls July Sale concluded with New King and Inverleigh selling for 450,000 guineas (US$594,235) and 350,000 guineas ($462,174) respectively, resulting in increases across the board and four of the top ten prices in the history of the sale. The 3-year-old Frankel colt New King became the second highest-priced sale ever at the Tattersalls July […]

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Crisford Upbeat While Realistic Over Return To Dubai In Different Role

Trainer Simon Crisford, the former racing manager for Godolphin for more than two decades – including more than 200 Grade/Group 1s — has returned in a big way. Once a mainstay of the Dubai racing scene, he resurfaces as head conditioner of a burgeoning yard and appears primed for what could be a game-changing winter […]

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Trouble At The Top: Godolphin’s Bin Suroor Reveals Internal Discord In Candid Interview

For yet another season, racing juggernaut Godolphin has been shutout of the British classics. The last horse to carry the Godolphin blue to victory in a British classic was Dawn Approach in 2013. Trainer Saeed bin Suroor has been the top trainer for Godolphin since it began in 1995. That year they swept the Derby and […]

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Former Godolphin Manager Crisford Taking Out Training License

Former Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford announced Tuesday that he plans to take out a training license and start his own stable later this year. The Racing Post reports that Crisford, who has been associated with Sheikh Mohammed’s worldwide racing operation for the past two decades, will rent stall space from trainer Clive Brittain in […]

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Godolphin Announces Major Reorganization

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. […]

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Simon Crisford Resigns as Godolphin Racing Manager

Simon Crisford, longtime racing manager for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin Racing, turned in his resignation Feb. 24, the Racing Post has reported. Crisford’s announcement comes just a few weeks after the conclusion of a lengthy investigation by Lord Stevens into Sheikh Mohammed’s equine operations. The stable had been embroiled in a doping scandal involving one of […]

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Crisford: ‘It’s Going to Take a Long Time to Recover’

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford, in an interview with Channel 4 Racing one day after Mahmood Al Zarooni was suspended eight years by the British Horseracing Authority for giving horses banned anabolic steroids, said it will take a long time for the operation to recover from what he called the “reckless” actions of one of […]

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No Foolin’? Alpha now probable for the April 1 Louisiana Derby

In today’s update on where Kentucky Derby hopeful Alpha will make his next start, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin now indicates it will most likely be… Louisiana.  McLaughlin has gone back and forth discussing the Grade 1 Florida Derby and G1 Wood Memorial as the choice, but he told the Fair Grounds Tuesday that the G2 Louisiana […]

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