Teddy Grimthorpe has decided to stand down after 22 years as Juddmonte Farms' European racing manager, the international racing and breeding organization announced April 8.
As racing manager 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 consistent and sustained success worldwide at the very highest level in racing. He will leave Juddmonte after this year's Royal Meeting at Ascot. Abdullah died Jan. 12 at 85.
Grimthorpe became Juddmonte's racing manager in 1999. During his tenure, he has worked with 24 European trainers overseeing over 3,000 horses in training, of which 1,400 won over 2,400 races, including very nearly 100 group 1s. The list of famous horses Grimthorpe managed include Enable, Frankel, Banks Hill, Rail Link, Special Duty, Workforce, Twice Over, Midday, Oasis Dream, and Kingman.
Grimthorpe is currently deputy senior steward of the Jockey Club and, having been chairman of York Racecourse for nine years, remains on the York Racecourse Board.
"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. 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."
Douglas Erskine Crum, chief executive of Juddmonte, said: "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 organization 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."