Team game: Simon Crisford to train under joint licence with son Ed

Sat 23 May 2020

Simon Crisford has teamed up with son Ed to train under a joint licence.

The British Horseracing Authority is now allowing dual licence holders and the Crisfords will join Paul and Oliver Cole in training as a duo.

Simon Crisford told Sky Sports Racing: “It’s something that’s been on our minds for quite some time and in Australia it’s a very popular scheme and has always worked extremely well.

“We felt that because we have a stable in Dubai for the Carnival, plus we have a stable here in Newmarket, it was appropriate and would be the right thing to do to have a joint licence.

“We applied, went through the correct protocol and procedures outlined by the BHA and we were licensed the other day, so it’s good news.

“I think it will enable us to progress our business model. Our owners have been very supportive of the idea.

“I think it means our communication level with owners and staff will improve – it basically means we can operate as a team and hopefully deliver top results in accordance with our brief.”

Ed Crisford has previously worked as an assistant trainer to John Gosden and his father paid tribute to the handler’s influence.

He added: “John Gosden was extremely kind and took him on when he was extremely inexperienced. John has schooled him up as well they’ve schooled Enable!

“He’s done extremely well, he’s hard working, very efficient, understands the game inside out and is a very likeable young person.

“I think he would be an excellent trainer in his own right, but it so happens this was an easier route for him to progress to the level.”

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