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Crisford to leave manager role

Simon Crisford is to leave his long-standing role as racing manager at Godolphin and will take up a new position.

Crisford, 51, told the Racing Post the move had been "under consideration for some time" and he will work under a new title as global racing adviser to Sheikh Mohammed, it has been reported

Only last year Godolphin was hit by the Mahmood Al Zarooni drugs scandal that saw the trainer warned off for eight years.

An investigation led by Lord Stevens at Sheikh Mohammed's request recently concluded Al Zarooni had acted alone.

Crisford, who has been with Godolphin since its inception, said: "Having dealt with the events of last year and seen the Lord Stevens inquiry through to its conclusion, I thought this was a good moment to bring my time at Godolphin to a close.

"I had felt for a while I would like a fresh challenge. I think the time is right for a new start for the stable and for me. Sheikh Mohammed has asked me to take on a new role as his global racing adviser.

"I'm delighted to have accepted that position and I'm very much looking forward to what will be an exciting chapter for me.

"This move has been under consideration for some time. It might have happened sooner, but it was my duty to lead the response to last year's problems. It was also important I stayed on to be available to assist Lord Stevens with his inquiry."