John Ferguson has been a long-time bloodstock adviser to Sheikh Mohammed

John Ferguson has been a long-time bloodstock adviser to Sheikh Mohammed

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John Ferguson Steps Down at Godolphin

Joe Osborne named interim chief executive of Godolphin's global operation

In a news release posted June 6 on Godolphin.com, it was announced John Ferguson has stepped down from his position as chief executive and racing manager at Godolphin.

Joe Osborne, the current managing director of Godolphin in Ireland, will take up the position of interim chief executive of Godolphin's global operation.

"We are committed to our objective of achieving success for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and his family," Osborne said. "Our thanks go to John Ferguson for his longstanding contribution to Godolphin and Darley."

Ferguson's resignation came a day after Racing Post published a story, in which Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor revealed a strained relationship with Ferguson since he took the role of chief executive in late December 2015. 

"Everything was top-class in past times, from the work-riders to the people in the office," Suroor told Racing Post's Lee Mottershead. "Now I'm trying to build that up again for the future. The last three years without Simon Crisford has not been the same, has not been easy."

Ferguson has been a long-time bloodstock adviser to Sheikh Mohammed and has represented the operation at Thoroughbred auctions around the globe. He has also been a successful trainer of National Hunt horses in England.

At the time Ferguson took over the newly created positions of chief executive and racing manager, Godolphin said it had 2,000 horses in training, about 2,500 horses used as breeding stock, and employed 1,500 people in global operations in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Japan.