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Name Simon Crisford
Location Newmarket
Contact No. tel: 01638 662661
Address Crisford Racing Limited, Kremlin House Stables , Fordham Road Newmarket,
Suffolk, CB8 7AQ
Upcoming Declarations...
Date Meeting Time Horse Age Weight Jockey
21-10-2019 Windsor 1600 Alnadir (USA) 3 9 6 Jack Mitchell
As preparation for a training career it is hard to imagine a better grounding than spending two decades at the heart of Sheikh Mohammed’s gargantuan training operation.

Before his prolonged spell in bloodstock management, Crisford had learned plenty as an assistant to two masters of the training profession in the shape of the late John Dunlop and the perennially successful Sir Mark Prescott. From modest beginnings in 2015 renting boxes from Clive Brittain matters have moved on swiftly and as the 2019 turf flat season commences has well over 100 horses in his charge with more than 40 two year olds in his Kremlin House yard. At the outset of his new career Crisford used the experience he had gained in observing large training operations in action to reinforce his team with the appropriate staff. His realisation that the recruitment and retention of quality staff are logically prior to acquisition of horses has served him well. As well as getting this aspect in good order, the fledgling trainer’s ability to use advice from experienced quarters, most notably that provided by the late British Racing School Chief Executive Rory MacDonald, again helped enormously.

The yard is also in a fortunate position of being a family run affair as trainer’s son Edward is ensconced in the role of assistant having gained valuable experience in California with Eoin Harty and in a spell with John Gosden. As one might expect in business where little is left to chance, there is a succession plan for Crisford junior to take over the yard in the medium to long term.

The thought of starting a new career in his fifties did nothing to faze Crisford and his profile in the bloodstock industry was a huge bonus in getting the right kind of horses on board from an early stage. Such connections are particularly useful in getting owner breeders to commit and these patrons are much more heavily invested in the progress of their charges as they can afford to take a holistic view of the whole cycle.

As an illustration of this, 2018 saw the emergence of a trio of ‘breakout horses’ that every yard needs. Emblematic of the benefit of cultivating owner breeders was the success of Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Kodiac colt Jash. He was the only member of the field to give Aidan O ‘Brien’s hugely talented colt Ten Sovereigns a race in the Middle Park pulling clear of that rival and running well through the line in a manner that speaks well of his chances of seeing out the 2000 Guineas trip notwithstanding the fact that his pedigree suggests he will be at his best over sprint trips. Earlier in the campaign Ostilio’s success in the Britannia Handicap (subsequently successful in a Group 2 event at Longchamp) opened the trainer’s Royal Ascot account and followed hot on the heels of Century Dream’s success in the Diomed Stakes at the Derby meeting.

In late 2018 Crisford implemented a plan to establish a satellite yard in Dubai. This positive development was somewhat overshadowed in early 2019 when the yard, along with a number of other Newmarket establishments, suffered the unwelcome ravages of the equine flu outbreak. The latter troubles notwithstanding, the yard remains very much on the up and further high level success in 2019 and beyond looks as good as assured.

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Recent Runners
Race Date Meeting Race Time Horse Posn Price
18-10-2019 Wolverhampton 1725 Aryaaf (IRE) 5 5/1
18-10-2019 Wolverhampton 1855 Last Surprise (IRE) 2 13/8F
17-10-2019 Chelmsford City 1900 Aluqair (IRE) 8 4/1
16-10-2019 Kempton 1840 Trolius (IRE) 10 8/1
12-10-2019 Woodbine (CAN) 2205 Imperial Charm 4 67/10
12-10-2019 Newmarket 1345 Be Prepared 7 16/1
11-10-2019 Newmarket 1645 Make It Rain (IRE) 9 8/1
11-10-2019 Newcastle 1900 Perfect Focus (IRE) 2 6/4F
11-10-2019 Newmarket 1610 Cape Cavalli (IRE) 9 12/1
10-10-2019 Southwell 1845 Goddess Of Rome (IRE) 7 50/1
09-10-2019 Newcastle 1955 Alnadir (USA) 5 13/2
09-10-2019 Newcastle 1825 Red Line Alexander (IRE) 4 6/4F
09-10-2019 Newcastle 1755 Final Orders 5 9/2
09-10-2019 Kempton 1910 Turn 'n Twirl (USA) 3 12/1
08-10-2019 Leicester 1600 Karisoke 4 2/5F
07-10-2019 Windsor 1440 Arij (IRE) 6 8/1
05-10-2019 Newmarket 1450 Al Khabeer 10 20/1
05-10-2019 Newmarket 1600 Finest Sound (IRE) 3 100/30
05-10-2019 Newmarket 1635 Maybe Today 3 7/1
05-10-2019 Wolverhampton 1830 Abwaaq (USA) 3 5/2F
04-10-2019 Ascot 1400 Trolius (IRE) 4 10/1
04-10-2019 Southwell 1900 Into The Zone 8 20/1
03-10-2019 Lingfield 1515 Amaan 2 5/2
03-10-2019 Chelmsford City 1930 Aluqair (IRE) 4 8/1
02-10-2019 Newcastle 1855 Finely Tuned (IRE) 5 15/2
29-09-2019 Epsom Downs 1430 Night Colours (IRE) 2 9/4
28-09-2019 San Siro (ITY) 1645 Festive Star 1 4/5F
28-09-2019 Ripon 1355 Be Prepared 3 6/5
28-09-2019 Newmarket 1650 Last Surprise (IRE) 3 33/1
28-09-2019 Newmarket 1540 Chance 30 33/1
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