Godolphin have distributed horses from closed stable to their other yardsPICTURE: Racing Post
Job losses as Godolphin shut Highfields Stable
GODOLPHIN have closed down their Highfields Stable on Bury Road in Newmarket in a move that will result in a “relatively small number” of staff losing their jobs.
The development is not thought to be a cue for a significant reduction in the number of horses the powerful operation have in training, but is likely nonetheless to foster anxiety at Flat racing’s headquarters, where Godolphin founder Sheikh Mohammed has set up a racing and breeding empire.
In a statement, Godolphin’s managing director Hugh Anderson said on Thursday: “Godolphin today moved the horses out of one of our smaller yards in Newmarket, Highfields.
“Those horses have been distributed around other Godolphin or Darley training yards in the town and, as a result, a number of staff have also been redeployed within the company here or in Dubai.
“With fewer horses to train, there has unfortunately been a need to let a relatively small number of yard staff go.”
Anderson would not be drawn on the number of staff losing their job at Highfields, which is among the operation’s smaller yard facilities in Newmarket.
The Grade II Listed stable is thought to house up to 50 horses at any one time, while the two main training yards in the area, Godolphin Stables and Moulton Paddocks, run by Saeed Bin Suroor and Charlie Appleby, are each dealing with at least three times that number.
Despite huge investment, Godolphin have yet to register a top-flight victory in Europe this season, relying on eight-year-old Cavalryman to fly the flag with two Group 2 successes.