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Douglas Erskine Crum

Chief Executive

Juddmonte Group

London, UK

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Biography

Douglas Erskine Crum is Chief Executive of Juddmonte Group. Under the vision and direction of the late Prince Khalid bin Abdullah, over the last 40 years Juddmonte has become one of the leading thoroughbred racing and breeding operations. Now under the direction of his family, it is consistently producing top-class horses from its select stallions and 200 broodmares on its stud farms in England, Ireland and the USA, and competing at the highest level on racecourses around the world. It has bred and Prince Khalid has owned over 100 individual Group/Grade 1 winners of over 200 Group/Grade 1 races racing in his famous pink, green and white colours. Champions include Frankel, Arrogate, Dancing Brave and Enable.

Following a successful Army career, including Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion Scots Guards and Commander 3rd Infantry Brigade in Northern Ireland when awarded the CBE, Douglas was asked to apply for, and subsequently appointed to, the role of Chief Executive at Ascot Racecourse. At that time, Ascot faced several challenges including being significantly unprofitable. Together with the Board of Trustees chaired by the Duke of Devonshire, Douglas embarked on an ambitious strategy to transform the business, which enabled it to assemble the team to finance and execute the replacement of the outdated grandstand, track and additional facilities and for Ascot to become the leading international horseracing brand for which it is now recognised.

Following Ascot, Douglas directed a project to set up a $500m horseracing and leisure business in Moscow and subsequently became Chief Executive of the Horserace Betting Levy Board, responsible for collecting and distributing £80m+ of annual levy from the betting industry to the racing industry. He was Trustee of the National Army Museum from 2013 to 2019, during which he chaired the ‘Building for the Future’ committee, delivering a £25m redevelopment of the Museum.

Douglas’ Newsfeed

Racing Post
'Onwards and upwards': Juddmonte's desire for excellence undiminished

In an article written by the Racing Post, chief executive of Juddmonte, Douglas Erskine Crum said: "The news is there will be no change. Juddmonte will continue. There is a commitment from the family and from all the management and staff. It's onwards and upwards. I must, however, preface everything by saying everyone at Juddmonte is obviously very saddened by what happened this week. It's extremely rare you meet, let alone work for, a person who is held in such high esteem and universally respected and admired."

The Times
Record-breaking mare Enable retired to stud

Representing owner Prince Khalid bin Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms, Douglas Erskine Crum said  “After consulting her trainer John Gosden and his racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe, Prince Khalid has decided that Enable will be retired from racing and will now join the Juddmonte broodmare band to be covered by Kingman in 2021”.

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Douglas’ Background

Juddmonte Group
Chief Executive
Apr 2013 - Present
Juddmonte is the international thoroughbred horseracing and breeding enterprise founded in 1980 by Prince Khalid bin Abdullah.
Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB)
Chief Executive Officer
Feb 2008 - Apr 2013
London, UK
The Horserace Betting Levy Board is a UK statutory body that was established by the Betting Levy Act 1961, operating in accordance with the provisions of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 (as amended). It is a non-departmental public body and its sponsoring Government department is the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. It is a key funding source for British horseracing.
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Douglas’ Gallery

Awards & Endorsements

Cartier
Cartier Racing Award | Horse of the Year
2019
London, UK
Juddmonte’s thoroughbred, Enable, was crowned Cartier Horse of the Year in 2019 at the 29th annual Cartier Racing Awards. Enable was also named Horse of the Year in 2017.

Charitable Interests

National Army Museum
Trustee & Chair of the Building for the Future Committee
London, UK
The National Army Museum is the British Army's museum located in Chelsea. The museum reopened in March 2017 following the re-development project led by the Building for the Future Committee.

Douglas’ Education

Eton College
1962 - 1967