Charlie Appleby, born on July 5, 1975, has been attached to team Godolphin for over 20 years. Initially, he worked for Sheikh Mohammed as a travelling head lad, stable head lad and assistant trainer before being appointed as a Godolphin trainer in July 2013. It didn’t take long for Appleby to claim his first Group 1 success with Outstrip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in November of that year, just one of over 600 winners he has saddled for Godolphin.
His first domestic Group 1 victory came in the 2014 Middle Park Stakes with Charming Thought, while Appleby was also named Dubai World Cup Carnival leading trainer in 2018, having saddled Jungle Cat to Al Quoz Sprint glory and Hawkbill to Dubai Sheema Classic success.
Further 2018 success continued with hugely prestigious Epsom Derby and Melbourne Cup victories (see below), the second of those successes coming just four days after Line of Duty had landed the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, giving Appleby a second win in the race.
Appleby further proved himself as an outstanding International trainer in 2018 with Group 1 wins in Canada (Natalma Stakes - La Pelosa), Australia (Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes - Jungle Cat), Ireland (National Stakes - Quorto) and France (Prix de l’Opera - Wild Illusion)