Crisford employee fined at Windsor after attempting to kick horse in groin area

POSTED ON  |  20-07-2019

Windsor Racecourse
One of Simon Crisford's members of staff was on Sunday fined £200 by the raceday stewards at Windsor after he was observed attempting to kick the yard's runner Mofaaji in the groin area. The incident happened before the three-year-old colt's debut in the 6f novice stakes, in which he finished third, having been sent off the even-money favourite.

An inquiry was held after the on-course equine welfare integrity officer witnessed Crisford's employee attempting to kick the colt when the groom and colt were leaving the racecourse stables. After hearing the evidence of the equine welfare integrity officer, the veterinary officer and Crisford’s employee, the travelling head man was found guilty of acting in an aggressive manner towards Mofaaji and fined.

Crisford was not at the course, but said of the incident: "One of my travelling head men, who has more than 40 years' experience in racing, was in attendance, dealing with a very difficult situation. "The stables had been moved around and Mofaaji ended up in a barn opposite a filly which made him extremely colty. He was never focused on the race as he had his mind on other things and was being dangerous."

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