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Name Simon Crisford
Location Newmarket
Contact No. tel: 01638 662661
mob: 07771 777182
Address Crisford Racing Limited, Kremlin House Stables , Fordham Road Newmarket,
Suffolk, CB8 7AQ
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 Race Time Horse Posn Price
19-05-2019 1620 Red Mist 3 3/1F
19-05-2019 1655 Kareena Kapoor (USA) 6 2/1F
18-05-2019 1935 Dreaming Away (IRE) 2 11/4J
18-05-2019 1700 Jaidaa 4 7/1
18-05-2019 1440 Jash (IRE) 1 10/11F
18-05-2019 1540 Ostilio 8 25/1
17-05-2019 1425 El Gumryah (IRE) 10 14/1
16-05-2019 1535 Mutafani 11 5/1
15-05-2019 1855 Desert Mission (IRE) 3 33/1
13-05-2019 1535 Maybe Today 4 100/30
12-05-2019 1530 Imperial Charm 4 12/1
11-05-2019 1845 Kung Fu 8 10/1
10-05-2019 1435 Cape Cavalli (IRE) 2 10/11F
09-05-2019 1705 Bobby K (IRE) P 15/2
06-05-2019 1725 Mannaal (IRE) 1 5/6F
04-05-2019 1535 Sporting Chance 17 100/1
03-05-2019 1445 Akwaan (IRE) 3 9/4F
03-05-2019 1645 Aristocratic Lady (IRE) 2 11/8F
03-05-2019 1750 Regal Director (IRE) 3 6/1
02-05-2019 2025 Maamora (IRE) 2 4/1
01-05-2019 1525 Ostilio 7 3/1F
30-04-2019 1905 Persian Beauty (IRE) 4 5/1
29-04-2019 1700 Neesaan 2 7/2
29-04-2019 1625 Bobby K (IRE) 4 7/1
29-04-2019 1645 Say The Word 2 11/8
29-04-2019 1510 Chance 2 9/4
29-04-2019 1930 Persian Sun 5 11/2
27-04-2019 1635 Asad (IRE) 3 10/11F
27-04-2019 1650 Mordin (IRE) 1 7/2
27-04-2019 2030 Desert Mission (IRE) 8 25/1
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