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Godolphin opt for second trainer

Updated: Wednesday, 24 Mar 2010 16:58

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor is on the lookout for a new assistant
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor is on the lookout for a new assistant

Godolphin are to split their string in both Newmarket and Dubai with the addition of Mahmood Al Zarooni to the training roster alongside Saeed bin Suroor.

The Dubai national has been assistant to Bin Suroor for over a year and will take charge of Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket, where Godolphin were originally based, when Sheikh Mohammed's operation return to Britain in three weeks' time.

Former camel jockey Ahmed Ajtebi will primarily ride for Al Zarooni with Frankie Dettori maintaining his partnership with Bin Suroor.

Al Zarooni will have his first runners from his Al Asfa stables on the outskirts of Dubai this weekend with seven representatives on Dubai World Cup night, including Allybar in the World Cup itself.

Al Zarooni said: ‘I am very grateful to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for giving me this opportunity.

‘It has been a privilege being part of the Godolphin team under Saeed bin Suroor for the past year, and I now look forward to the challenge of operating my own stable.’

In a statement, racing manager Simon Crisford said: ‘Mahmood has been an important part of the team for some time and has been closely involved with the training of horses he will saddle on World Cup night.

‘With more two-year-olds coming through the system the time is now right for Godolphin to employ two trainers.

‘Godolphin has already been allocated a team of two-year-olds for 2010 but there are more due to come in and Mahmood will be taking care of many of those horses.

‘Saeed and I talked it though with Sheikh Mohammed and we all agreed it would be a good idea to have another trainer.’

Crisford added at Godolphin's open morning at Al Quoz: ‘Saeed trained more than 200 horses last year and with some more coming in he didn't want to have so many horses.

‘It is time to share the workload and Mahmood has been a great asset while working under Saeed.

‘We will have two stables both here (Dubai) and in Newmarket and have a sufficient number of horses to justify it.

‘Mahmood will have a few more two-year-olds but the allocation of horses will take place as and when.

‘Primarily Frankie will ride for Saeed and Ahmed for Mahmood. There will be occasions where they swap but largely that is how it will work although nothing is set in stone and there are no retainers.’

Bin Suroor will continue to operate Godolphin's American barn, with the likes of Andre Fabre and Mark Johnston saddling a number of Sheikh Mohammed's juveniles.

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