Blue Diamond Stud, owned by Imad Al Sagar and primarily based close to Newmarket, has undergone a significant restructure by way of its racing and farm administration to position it on a superb footing for the 2022 season.
The restructure is underpinned by the appointment of Lord Teddy Grimthorpe as racing supervisor to Imad Al Sagar.
Grimthorpe, who succeeds Tony Nerses, takes up the place in February.
Grimthorpe is without doubt one of the most generally revered figures inside racing, having served as racing supervisor to Prince Khalid Abdullah for 22 years. Throughout that point, he labored with 24 European trainers and oversaw 3,000 horses in coaching, which between them gained nearly 100 Group 1 races.
Grimthorpe at present serves as chairman of the Nationwide Stud, deputy senior steward of The Jockey Membership and on the board of York Racecourse board following 9 years on the observe as chairman. Previous to his position with Juddmonte Farms, he labored for the British Bloodstock Company for over 20 years.
“We’ve taken the chance to restructure our crew at Blue Diamond Stud for 2022 and are delighted to welcome Teddy Grimthorpe as racing supervisor,” mentioned Imad Al Sagar. “Tony Nerses was a significant contributor to the expansion and success of Blue Diamond Stud and we want him all the perfect in his future endeavours.
“Teddy is a extensively revered racing determine on a global scale. He performed a key position within the sustained success of Juddmonte Farms and together with his wealth of information and expertise, will undoubtedly show a invaluable asset to Blue Diamond Stud. I’m tremendously trying ahead to working with him.”
Teddy Grimthorpe added: “I’m very touched to have been requested by Imad Al Sagar to hitch his crew. He has constructed up a powerful bloodstock portfolio and I’ll stay up for being any assist I can together with his operation.
“I’ll proceed to be Chairman of the Nationwide Stud and serve on the boards of each Jockey Membership and York Racecourse, all of which ought to match properly into this new position.”
Blue Diamond Stud can also be delighted to announce the appointment of Ted Voute, one other extraordinarily nicely revered determine inside racing and bloodstock circles, because the stud’s interim chief government officer. Voute, a number one gross sales consignor who will preserve his duties at his stud, Eydon Corridor Farm, and as racing and bloodstock advisor to Prince Faisal’s Nawara Stud, will fulfill the position till a everlasting incumbent is recognized.
“I’ve identified Imad from the times of his Derby winner Approved and have at all times stored in contact,” mentioned Voute. “Having purchased his personal farms in Newmarket, Imad has shortly develop into a profitable breeder and I’m excited to assist him on this transitional part.”
Gerry Meehan has been appointed as yearling supervisor. Meehan is one other with a wealth of expertise behind him, notably 17 and a half years of service at Newsells Park Stud, latterly as Yearling Supervisor.
Winner of the Stud Workers class inside the Godolphin Stud and Secure Workers Awards of 2014, Meehan’s resume additionally consists of stints at Truthful Winter Farm, Cheveley Park Stud, Facet Hill Stud and Coolmore, the place he labored with the likes of Fairy King and Alzao.
Gerry Meehan will oversee the stud’s yearling division and its gross sales consignments, which can debut underneath the Blue Diamond Stud Farm (UK) Ltd banner this yr, beginning on the Tattersalls February Sale.
“I’m very excited to be becoming a member of Blue Diamond Stud,” mentioned Meehan, “and really feel like I could make a distinction in serving to the stud obtain success on the highest stage out and in of the sale ring. The stud is a top-class operation that’s already a confirmed supply of Group 1 winners. I stay up for working with Imad Al Sagar and everybody at Blue Diamond Stud.”
Andrew Rawlin, an extended serving member of the crew at Blue Diamond Stud, has been promoted to mares supervisor. Rawlin has been a valued a part of the stud crew for 11 years and is nicely revered throughout the trade for his dedication and professionalism.
Nancy Sexton has additionally been appointed as bloodstock and media advisor. A bloodstock commentator connected to a wide range of trade publications, Sexton additionally acts as European consultant to the Kentucky-based Schumer Bloodstock.
“With such a powerful crew on board for 2022, I imagine we’re nicely positioned to not solely consolidate Blue Diamond Stud’s place as an elite presence inside the trade, but in addition to attempt for additional development and success,” mentioned Imad Al Sagar. “As such, now we have began the yr on a constructive observe and I stay up for a profitable yr.”
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