Tue, Feb 14, 12:11pm by Senior Writer
Having had an extraordinary spring in Melbourne, Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby is now targeting The Championships in Sydney in the autumn, with two well-credentialed horses to tackle to the $2 million Sydney Cup.
Appleby arrived in Melbourne with a handful of decent stayers as part of the much-hyped international contingent ahead of last spring. He walked away as the star trainer of the carnival, winning five of ten races contested, including the Bendigo and Geelong Cups, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Lexus Stakes and the Sandown Cup.
He also finished fourth in the Melbourne Cup with Qewy, meaning he amassed an impressive $1.5 million in prizemoney across three and half weeks.
When you consider he won $6.4 million in prizemoney for the entirety of the previous season, it is little wonder he is keen to come back and contest the autumn riches.
In a Facebook video for Godolphin (below), Appleby reveals that two horses, Polarisation and Penglai Pavilion are headed to Sydney to contest the 3200m Group One handicap on April 8.
Penglai Pavilion was fifth in the Arc in 2013 and has since mixed his races between the flat and jumps racing in the UK as well as racing in Europe and Dubai. He has won eight races from 22 starts and is currently a $26 shot to win the Sydney Cup.
Polarisation has had three runs for Godolphin, running an excellent race at Epsom on debut for Appleby last June before having two further runs and being put away.
Polarisation loves a wet track and given the notorious fickle weather in Sydney over the traditional autumn carnival period, the $26 about him also appeals.
Chris Waller horses currently dominate the Sydney Cup market with Antonio Giuseppe and Libran both $11 co-favourites.
2015 Melbourne Cup runner-up Max Dynamite is $17, as is the Ed Dunlop trained Trip to Paris, who was runner-up in the 2015 Caulfield Cup and fourth in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.
There are also several Japanese gallopers aimed at the race, including Tanta Alegria, a $17 shot who won on his return to the track in January.
Appleby also revealed he is bringing another horse to Australia in Gold Trail. A winner of six of 19 starts, including in January in Dubai, he is being set for the Mornington Cup on March 25 as a means of qualifying for the Caulfield Cup in the spring.
He also revealed Qewy, Oceanographer and Francis of Assisi will all likely head back to Australia for the spring.
Sydney Cup market (Sportsbet)
Antonio Giuseppe $11
Trip To Paris $17
Max Dynamite $17
Tanta Alegria $17
Who Shot Thebarman $17
Admire Deus $26
Wicklow Brave $26
Tom Melbourne $26
Sir Isaac Newton $26
Bondi Beach $26
Sacred Master $26
Penglai Pavilion $26
Grand Marshal $26
Others: $34 or Longer
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