Simon Crisford and his son Ed made history in 2020 when they became Britain’s first officially licensed training partnership.
The groundbreaking move came after confirmation that the BHA would accept joint trainers’ licence applications. The practice was introduced some years ago in Australia.
Two separate individuals combining to share a licence had been mooted for several months, with the BHA receiving positive feedback after consulting the National Trainers Federation and other stakeholders.
Simon Crisford explained: “Ed and I have become joint licence holders as well as business partners, something my owners have very much welcomed and are fully supportive of. As well as Gainsborough Stables in Newmarket, we have a winter carnival stable in Dubai and therefore this move makes perfect sense for us.”
Crisford took up training in 2014 having for many years been Sheikh Mohammed’s racing manager. Before that, he had worked for the Racing Post.
Becoming a trainer himself was always an ambition. He had 225 winners in his own name, while he and Ed combined to rattle up 60 more last year.
The closest Crsford Sr came to Champions Series success was when Century Dream was beaten under a length into third behind Roaring Lion in the QIPCO-sponsored Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day in 2018.
“I thought at the furlong pole we were going to win – my heart was beating like you can’t imagine,” Crisford said. “I’m delighted with him. He’s just such a super horse and a great flagbearer for the stable.”