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Crawford Quits As Plattner Trainer In South Africa

Wednesday, 9th September 2009

In South Africa, Brett Crawford "has surprised the racing world by resigning from his role at the nation's biggest private training operation," reported racingpost.com. Crawford, 38, quit last week "after training for more than 8 years for Sabine Plattner, who has 66 horses at her Rondeberg operation north of Cape Town & a further 25 in Durban". Crawford's assistant Yogas Govender, 36, (who has also had experience in the US) "is to take over the job". The last 2 seasons have been disappointing for the stable & Crawford commented: "Mrs Plattner was probably as frustrated as I was that the results weren't happening & I resigned because I think a change is probably the right option for both of us. A couple of people have already approached me to train for them, but my biggest problem is that there are very few stables to be had in the training centres in Cape Town. It now looks as if Gold Circle have 24 boxes for me in Phillipi & I am going to put up some wooden boxes in the interim so that I can be up & running at the beginning of October."

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