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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Robinson set for Rabbah Bloodstock role as veteran Bruce Raymond steps down

Philip Robinson: will take over from Bruce Raymond as Rabbah Bloodstock racing manager
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Multiple Classic-winning jockey Philip Robinson is shortly to join  Rabbah Bloodstock as understudy to current racing manager Bruce Raymond with a view to taking over the role in 2019.

The 75-year-old Raymond, a former weighing-room colleague of Robinson, has overseen the running of the Dalham Hall-based group, which covers around 29 associates of Sheikh Mohammed, for the past 25 years.

Robinson, 54, retired from the saddle in 2011 after nearly 1,400 British winners and many more in Hong Kong, where he was twice champion jockey.

He was associated with many of the current Rabbah team of owners during his time riding, including Saeed Manana, for whom he rode Warrsan to land the Group 1 Coronation Cup in 2003.

Bruce Raymond: "Philip's riding knowledge is much more recent than mine"

Towards the end of his career, Robinson returned to ride for his former mentor Clive Brittain, and acted as assistant to the Newmarket trainer until he stepped down in 2015.

Robinson said: "It's a great opportunity and I've already started shadowing Bruce on the gallops and helping with the entries with a view to starting on May 21. If all goes well the plan would be to take over some time next year."

Raymond said: "I'm 75 now and it's time for new and younger minds to get involved, and Philip's riding knowledge is much more recent than mine.

"His input will be invaluable to the Rabbah operation I'm sure and it will be a seamless transition as the owners know him already. It was not long ago Philip was involved with Clive at the time of Rizeena, so some of them know him from then as he was always around the place when they visited."

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I'm 75 now and its time for new and younger minds to get involved and Philip's riding knowledge is much more recent than mine
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