Simon And Ed Crisford Lay Out Plans For Stable Stars


Father and son training partnership Simon and Ed Crisford have outlined their plans for their stable stars heading into the back end of the flat season with Century Dream and A'Ali ready to finish the Autumn months strongly.

The six year old Century Dream has had a stand out season for the yard, with soft conditions being a major factor for his success this term.

The son of Cape Cross has raced four times, landing two nice events in the Group Three Diomed Stakes at Newbury and also the Celebration Mile and Glorious Goodwood.

He was last seen in the Group Two Boomerang Mile when going well from the front and just being swallowed up by the chasing pack in the final stages, with the quicker ground not playing to his strengths.

(Credit ATR) Ed Crisford said:"I think the ground was a bit quick at Leopardstown and they went strong enough up front.

“The ground was probably a bit quick for him, but he’s come back fine and I think we’ll just head to the QEII on hopefully softer ground.”

A'Ali is another one from the yard that has had a fine season to date with the three year old racing five times and winning two nice events in the process.

After a superb juvenile campaign, the son of Society Rock made a weak debut at Newcastle, but bounced back in the Coral Charge at Sandown which showed him back to his best and connections were hoping on his first trip across the pond to Ireland that he could replicate that form.

Being sent off as the evens favourite, he showed his gritty determination to battle on well and go clear in the final stages to land the Group Two Sapphire Stakes.

Having not run a bad race in the Nunthorpe at York to finish fourth, he was sent back to Ireland on the Sunday of Irish Champions Weekend for the Flying Five Stakes where he ultimately flopped.

All plans have now been put on hold for the three year old after the strangely weak performance, with the team in Newmarket looking for answers.

“He was disappointing – he looked a bit flat and a bit lethargic,” Crisford said.

“We’ll just see how he is this week before we make any further plans, I think. When they run too bad to be true, we need to put the horse first and see how he comes out of it.”