Simon Crisford began his training career in October of 2014 from the original base of the Crisford team, Carlburg stables on the Bury Road in Newmarket. Previously home to pioneering trainer Clive Brittain, Simon named the yard “Calne”, the well-known nickname of his predecessor.
The progression into training was a natural one for Simon following his 25-year tenure as Racing Manager to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his international racing operation Godolphin, with whom Simon enjoyed global success and more than 200 International Group 1 Winners.
As Simon began his training career, his son Ed came on board as Assistant Trainer having previously spent 4 seasons as understudy to Champion Trainer John Gosden. The pair spent 2 successful seasons at Carlburg Stables before moving to Kremlin House Stables in January 2017.
Simon and Ed became the first racehorse trainers in Britain to operate as joint licence holders in May 2020, just over a year after the pair moved into the state-of-the-art Gainsborough Stables on Newmarket's busy Hamilton Road, where they train from today.
The duo hit the ground running as training partners in June when Century Dream won the Group 3 Diomed Stakes before he went on to Group 2 glory in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood in August.
There was also success at the same level with the 4-time Group 2 winner A'Ali who landed the Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh in the summer.
Their 100-box yard has all the modern specification facilities such as an equine swimming pool, spa, and sea walker as well as an indoor school and spacious outdoor trotting rings. Gainsborough Stables is situated on the Racecourse Side of Newmarket Heath which comprises 2,500 acres of maintained training grounds including 50 miles of turf gallops and 14 miles of artificial tracks.
The Gainsborough team also have a satellite yard, Millennium Stables, at Dubai’s Meydan racecourse from which they send out a team of runners during the Dubai World Cup Carnival every year.