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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Crisford Ready to Run With First Two Year Old

Simon Crisford may be a new name to the training ranks but a familiar face being the former racing manager with Godolphin.

Renting a yard at Carlsberg Stables in Newmarket owned by Clive Brittain he has received Maktoum family backing for his new venture with six juveniles owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum. 

Crisford joins a roster of trainers for Sheikh Hamdan for the 2015 Flat season that also includes his new neighbours Sir Michael Stoute and John Gosden. 

The owner's racing manager Angus Gold said: "Sheikh Hamdan was keen to support Simon and has sent him six youngsters who are a mixture of homebreds and some who were bought on his behalf at the sales. 

Crisford has his first two year old engaged to run (Monday/Tuesday). First Selection, a son of Diktat is out of a winning mare. This February foal was recently purchase (1st April) from Brightwell's Ascot Select Breeze Up 2015 by the trainer for £42,000. This bay races under the ownership of Adulla Al Mansoori.

Crisford, who saddles his first runner in the shape of the Qatar Racing-owned Knavery is also expected to receive support from his former boss Sheikh Mohammed.

In total, he has 47 horses in training comprising 8 older horses, 3 three-year-olds and 35 two-year-olds. Of the juveniles he has a number of expensive buys including Daafik £220,000, Lucky Lot £130,952 & Zanjabeel £210,000. Paddy Power offer odds of 6-1 for Crisford to saddle a British two-year-old Group 1 winner in 2015.