Brett Crawford was born on the 7th of September 1971 in Harare Zimbabwe, he has always had a love and passion for the horse racing industry, from a young age of 11 he used to muck out in the yards and ride work before going to school, he was also a very successful amateur rider winning many races over the hurdles.
Once he left school he served as a stable employee to Brian Muscutt, Neil Bruss and Shane Rankin in Zimbabwe .
At the age of 19 he left Zimbabwe and moved to Johannesburg in 1989 were he joined the Mike de Kock yard. In 1991 he moved to Cape Town and became assistant trainer to Peter Muscutt, running the satellite yard for 2 months in Port Elizabeth with great success.
In 1993 Brett moved to Eric Sands were he stayed for 4 years and had the pleasure of working with one of South Africa’s best sprinters in Flobayou. In 1997, Brett had the opportunity to move to Durban through a strong job offer from the racing legend Dennis Drier. A rewarding four and a half years with Dennis, Brett developed in many ways and learnt fundamentals in mastering the art of training a thoroughbred.
In 2001 Brett became Private trainer to Mrs Sabine Plattner, it was here that Brett was able to show his talent, in the 8 years with Brett produced among his many winners 30 Graded winners including 7 races at Group 1 level. Producing stars LAISSERFAIRE (AUS) wining three Gr1 races, ANGUS winning the Gr1 J&B Met, BAD GIRL RUNS winning two Gr1 races including the Gr1 Paddock Stakes, and other star performers JAMAICAN DREAM, MY CHOICE, NOTHING BUT SILK.
In October 2009 CRAWFORD RACING was born, Brett realized his dream when electing to open his own yard, and has built up a sizable string with fantastic clients. In just over Eight seasons Crawford Racing has won a further 19 Group 1 races, including many Gr2, Gr3, and stakes races. Follow the stakes tally on our Achievements page.
Having had the pleasure of developing young talents into South African stars of the turf with a roll call of Group 1 winners:
JACKSON, THUNDER DANCE, ELUSIVE GOLD, FUTURA, WAVIN FLAG, GULF STORM, CAPTAIN AMERICA, WHISKY BARON, EDICT OF NANTES, SAIL SOUTH, LADY OF THE HOUSE, BOLD RESPECT, FRONT AND CENTRE AND PACIFIC TRADER.
Crawford Racing has now extended its yard to Durban and gone back to its roots with Peter Muscutt taking charge at Summerveld training centre. The yard is growing and has proved to be a success, consistency is key in racing and Peter has maintained an incredible strike rate of runners/winners.
Together Peter and Brett hope to grow the KZN business to its full potential, and provide owners with further racing options, extending winning opportunities and maximizing the racing careers of our horses.
We are proud to offer an innovative racing stable with constant communication to our clients via the MISTABLE application and through stable newsletters, with HD videos of track work, jockey reviews and previews, and everything in-between. Our owners are also afforded special offers from stable betting sponsor INTERBET.
Racing is about Dreams… Your Dream of owning top horses, and Brett’s Dream of Training them.
Let Brett’s 26 years of success in the South African Horse Racing Industry work for you in helping you RACE YOUR DREAM!