After 16 years with Godolphin, Henry Plumptre has stepped down as Managing Director of Godolphin in Australia.
Plumptre said in a statement: “I have been away for a short period overseas and have had time to reflect on the ongoing issue of strangles that was reported to Racing NSW stewards two months ago. In view of the fundamental failure to report the issue at the time, it is the best option for Godolphin if I stand down,” Plumptre said.
“The reputation and integrity of Godolphin is the most important aspect of what we do and this issue has impacted on that reputation.
“I have worked with some amazing people and horses over the last 16 years at Godolphin and I thank them for all their hard work and dedication.”
“I believe that the best years are ahead of Team Godolphin – the appointment of James Cummings ushers in a new era for the training operation and I wish His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and the whole team well for this spring and the future.”
Joe Osborne, Group Chief Executive of Godolphin, thanked Plumptre for his contribution. “On behalf of Godolphin, I wish to express our appreciation to Henry for the role he has played in the building of the Darley and Godolphin brands in Australia. He has shown great leadership on important industry issues.”
Plans for a new Managing Director of Godolphin in Australia will be announced in the near future.