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Could Charlie Appleby Be the Man to Watch for the 2022 Cup?

UK – 13 Apr 2022 (© imago images) Photo by Hugh Routledge/Shutterstock 12893009ac Charlie Appleby, trainer of Native Trail after winning The bet365 Craven Stakes. Newmarket races.

Although he’s been around a little while now having taken over Godolphin’s famous Moulton Paddocks stable at Newmarket, England in 2014, Charlie Appleby is now truly emerging as the world’s no.1 trainer.

The Europeans may well be back in bigger numbers at this year’s Spring Carnival. If that’s the case, punters could do a lot worse than keep a keen eye on what Appleby brings across.

Appleby’s Success

Godolphin’s former head lad and assistant trainer is now the undisputed number one for the Boys in Blue. He has also already won a Melbourne Cup with Cross Counter back in 2018.

Back home in Europe, it seems that Godolphin and Appleby have now seen off the challenge of Coolmore and Aidan O’Brien with their entries shaping the way bookmakers offer odds on major Group 1 races.

Adayar’s success in last year’s Derby at Epsom was Appleby’s second. The son of Frankel then went on to become the first horse since the great Galileo back in 2001 to win the colt’s classic and the King George at Ascot.

Back in third at Epsom was Hurricane Lane. Another son of Frankel, he went on to land three Group 1’s of his own. The Irish Derby, Grand Prix de Paris and the St Leger were all taken down.

Appleby was also the star of the show at the Breeders’ Cup in California in November. His three wins there were achieved by Modern Games, Yibir and Space Blues.

More success was gained in England, Ireland, France, Dubai, North America and more. He now has the favourite and second-favourite for the 2000 Guineas, the favourite for the French version and more besides.

Who Could Appleby Send to the Melbourne Cup?

Several horses from Moulton Paddocks feature in the TAB’s Cup odds. Manobo is a 21.00 shot and was a good second in Dubai in March. He will take on his conqueror Stay Foolish at Royal Ascot before perhaps renewing rivalries at Flemington.

Hurricane Lane and Yibir are both classy sorts at around 2400 metres. The former’s race programme is being worked back from the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe however while the latter is going globetrotting with the immediate plan being the Man ‘o War Stakes at Belmont. Both horses are available at 26.00, but neither is likely to run.

Derby hero Adayar is a 51.00 shot alongside Kemari. Adayar is going back to Epsom for the Coronation Cup and is another not likely to run on November 1. Kemari on the other hand is a different proposition.

After winning over 2800 metres at Royal Ascot last June, Charlie Appleby nominated him as a Cup horse. He didn’t arrive last year, but could well this.

Other hitherto unknown quantities will emerge over the next couple of months, so watch this space!

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Gary Christie
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For more than 20 years, Gary has been immersed in the worlds of sports writing and betting. As well as writing on the subjects of sports and horse racing, Gary has spent years privately handicapping horse races around the world in order to bet professionally. While having appeared on TV and spoken publicly at racecourses, Gary has a passion for writing. He produces articles every day for various territories including North America, UK, Europe and Australia.
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