Charlie Appleby has been working for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum’s Godolphin operation since 1998. And, when Godolphin was at the centre of a drug scandal during the summer of 2013, he was chosen to take over the training licence from the disgraced Mahmood al Zarooni.
He has always worked with horses, initially with point-to-pointers in Devon and then working for jumps trainers Angela Knight and Jackie Retter.
He wanted to become a jockey, and rode a couple of winners in Arabian races, but although he completed a nine-week course at the British Racing School in Newmarket in 1991 it soon became apparent that his natural body weight was too heavy to allow a career in the saddle.
His first job in Newmarket was for Susan Piggott (whose husband, the retired riding great, Lester Piggott, was an important influence). He became her Travelling Head Lad before moving across town to fill a similar post for David Loder.
When Loder moved to France in 1998 to become the private trainer of Godolphin’s two-year-olds, Appleby moved with him and when Loder returned to Britain two year later Appleby did so too, but to continue working with Godolphin rather than Loder.
He has yet to send out a QIPCO British Champions Series winner, but he bagged his first Group 1 success when Outstrip won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita in November 2013.
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