Lord Teddy Grimthorpe, longtime racing manager for the powerhouse Juddmonte operation, has decided to step down from that role after 22 years, the farm announced on April 8.
As racing for Juddmonte’s late owner, Prince Khalid Abdullah, Grimthorpe managed all Juddmonte’s European horses in training and played a leading role in Juddmonte’s sustained success worldwide at the highest level in racing. Grimthorpe will leave Juddmonte after this year’s Royal Meeting.
“I have always felt that the time for me to stand down from Juddmonte would be when Prince Khalid was no longer involved,” Grimthorpe said. “It has been a huge privilege to work for the Prince and his family, and with the outstanding Juddmonte team, which has been so successful for so long. Of course I am sad to leave, but, with the Prince’s death two months ago and over 20 years as his racing manager, now is the right time.”
Prince Abdullah passed away on January 12 at the age of 85.
Since taking over the role of racing manager in 1999, Grimthorpe worked with 24 European trainers looking after over 3,000 horses in training, of which 1,400 won over 2,400 races including nearly 100 Group 1 wins. Among the litany of top runners he helped oversee were champions Enable (GB) and Frankel (GB) as well as Banks Hill (GB), Rail Link (GB), Special Duty (GB), Workforce (GB), Twice Over (GB), Midday (GB), and Oasis Dream (GB).
“I leave an organization in great shape which is supreme at what it does, and I have no doubt Juddmonte will continue to thrive and produce top-class homebred thoroughbred horses competing at the highest level on racecourses across the world,” Grimthorpe said.
Added Douglas Erskine Crum, Chief Executive of Juddmonte, “On behalf of Prince Khalid’s family and all of us past and present at Juddmonte, I thank Teddy for all he has done to help the organisation be at the very top of its game year after year. He will be sorely missed and we wish him the very best of good fortune for the future.”