MICHELLE Rix (33) and her father Harold Crawford will race together in a registered training partnership for the first time from next Wednesday, when they will send out a pair of runners at Kenilworth.

Michelle has been assisting Harold for the last 11 years (she also spent four years working for Andre Heyns) and she told Turf Talk today: “I guess this was a natural progression for me in the stable. Training is all I’ve ever wanted to do. I have been taking on more responsibilities in the last few years and will be taking on even more now, but my Dad is still involved, he’s at the stables every day.”

The last few seasons have indeed been an upward curve for the Crawford yard, with more winners and good consistency, and a highlight came when their game gelding Perovskia won the Gr2 Drill Hall Stakes from Undercover Agent.

Michelle says: “Perovskia left us after the Drill Hall and he’s in Mauritius, but we have Ready Steady Go for a few features over a mile this season, and a younger horse called Fort Agopian. He’s a runner with ability, we’re hoping he can go along the same way as Perovskia. He could be a Durban horse for us next year.”

Harold Crawford and Michelle Rix.

There are young horses coming into the stable from various sales, with some new owner support from Dr Brandon Arrison and Ashwyn Reynolds, and the stable’s long-time stalwart Francis Carruthers.

“We’ll have 40 horses in total, when they’ve all come in, mostly two-and-three-year-olds, and of course several to race with. We’re looking forward to a good season,” Michelle says.

They’ve syndicated all but one of the youngsters, and there are still shares available in a Sandown-bred filly by Coup De Grace from the immediate family of Cherry On The Top – a mix of speed and stamina for a nice chestnut filly.

“We’re an approachable stable. We’re easy to find at Milnerton and our door is always open. There is always a pot of coffee brewing, that changes to a fridge with wine and beer after hours,” she jokes. “We’re a social stable, we have fun!”

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