Ken­tucky Derby high on Godol­phin’s agenda

Sport360 - - Color Run - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ✉ ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

Char­lie Ap­pleby has his sights set on the Ken­tucky Derby af­ter giv­ing Godol­phin their first Mel­bourne Cup tri­umph with Cross Counter.

It was the sec­ond time this year the New­mar­ket trainer had bro­ken new ground for Sheikh Mo­hammed’s op­er­a­tion af­ter Masar be­came the first horse to carry the fa­mous royal blue colours to vic­tory in the Derby at Ep­som in June.

Ap­pleby would also like to em­u­late his fel­low Godol­phin trainer Saeed bin Suroor by win­ning the Dubai World Cup on Sheikh Mo­hammed’s home ter­ri­tory.

“My am­bi­tions are to carry on and to try to be suc­cess­ful and do the best we can for Godol­phin and his High­ness Sheikh Mo­hammed and hav­ing in­ter­na­tional win­ners,” said Ap­pleby.

“Ev­ery time we do that I feel that’s a sense of achieve­ment.

“To do that you have to have the mo­men­tum go­ing. On Jan­uary 1st we start at zero again. We’ve got to build away. We’ve given our­selves a bit of a path to main­tain, let alone go above.

“The Ken­tucky Derby is of course on ev­ery­body’s lips. It’s not been done and to win a Dubai World Cup for my­self would be great. Saeed (bin Suroor) has won plenty (eight) and I would like to get in­volved if I can.

“The Dubai World Cup and a Ken­tucky Derby would be high on the agenda and I imag­ine for His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hammed’s point of view he’d like to win the Ken­tucky Derby as well.

“As an English­men our pin­na­cle is the Derby. It had never been won in Godol­phin blue colours. That is al­ways go­ing to go down as the most mem­o­rable day of my ca­reer, but to come here and do what we’ve done and see what it means to ev­ery­body and to Sheikh Mo­hammed is great.

“We’ve tried for over 20 years to win in this race and to do it is a huge sense of achieve­ment, but most im­por­tantly it shows the pas­sion and the drive His High­ness and Godol­phin have.”

The Dubai World Cup and a Ken­tucky Derby would be high on the agenda – Ap­pleby

Mel­bourne Magic: Char­lie Ap­pleby.

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