Godolphin Ready for Australian Spring Racing

Godolphin Ready for Australian Spring Racing

Godolphin’s early arrivals from Britain have touched down at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport and transferred to the quarantine barn at Werribee, on the outskirts of the city.

Three horses trained by Charlie Appleby at Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket (UK) form the advance party, which will focus initially on lucrative targets in September.

Jungle Cat is being aimed at the G1 Rupert Clarke Stakes and Folkswood at the G3 Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield, both on Saturday, 22 September, while Blair House is set to run in the G1 Underwood Stakes, at the same track on Sunday, 30 September.

Charlie Appleby has taken on a pioneering role, being the first overseas trainer to send a team of horses to Australia so early in the Melbourne Spring.

“We think all three horses will be suited to the races we have chosen for them,” Appleby said.

“Our team are enjoying a very successful season in Europe, and we are hoping we can maintain the momentum on our visit this year to Australia,” he added.

Jungle Cat has not run since winning the G1 Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night, while Folkswood, who won last year’s Cranbourne Cup and finished third to Winx in the G1 Cox Plate, has also not raced since March.

Blair House beat Benbatl in the G1 Jebel Hatta at Meydan, also in March .

The Godolphin trio are scheduled to come out of quarantine on Saturday, 22 September.

Appleby is planning to be in Melbourne on Friday 21 September, when a press conference is scheduled to discuss his stable plans for the Spring Carnival.

Home Of The Brave reproduced his brilliant British sprint form to record and opened his Australian account with a victory in Saturday’s G2 Theo Marks Stakes at Rosehill that has opened the door on a rich selection of races.

Taken straight to the front by jockey Glyn Schofield, the six-year-old maintained a strong gallop for the first 1000m of the 1500m race, had a breather before turning for home and was called on again after straightening.

Home Of The Brave responded strongly and was comfortably holding his opposition on the line, scoring by two lengths from D’Argento and the multiple G1 winner Trapeze Artist.

The win led to immediate discussion on a run in the next month’s The Everest.

Godolphin race-day operations manager Darren Beadman said the team would examine various options for Home Of The Brave who would be a candidate for one of the final two Everest ‘slots’.

But at this stage Beadman said Cummings was considering a G1 Melbourne spring target.

“James has mentioned the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes as an option,” Beadman said.

“He is a horse that runs with purpose so a race like the Everest would be suitable and there are options for him.”

Schofield said his main concern in the run was the comfort of his horse on the heavy Rosehill track.

“For the majority of the race I just tried to keep him happy without trying to fight him too much, but without letting him run too hard,” Schofield said.

“Conditions are trying and testing, he got through them really well and congratulations to James and the team.”

“He’s got a lot of spunk about him. His foot is always on the accelerator, he wants to go, but he’s got ability to go with it, which is great.”

Home Of The Brave had won six races in England and had his first Australian start at Flemington three weeks ago, finishing second over 1200m.

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