Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby International Trainer of the Year
Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby was crowned International Trainer of the Year at the 50th annual Horserace Writers & Photographers Association (HWPA) Derby Awards, held in London, UK, on Monday, December 5.
During 2016, Charlie Appleby enjoyed Pattern race success across the globe with G1 victories in Dubai (Tryster, Jebel Hatta), Great Britain (Hawkbill, Coral-Eclipse) and France (Wuheida, Prix Marcel Boussac). He also gained four G3 successes in Australia, courtesy of Qewy, Oceanographer and Francis Of Assisi (twice).
Charlie Appleby said: “I am very honoured. I must thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed for giving me this opportunity and Team Godolphin for all their support and commitment over the last 12 months.
“The highlight was Hawkbill winning Eclipse and finishing off the season with an incredible time in Australia.”
The other nominees in the International Trainer of the Year category were David O’Meara, Sir Michael Stoute and Roger Varian. The award is decided by the International Racing Bureau.
Charlie Appleby was appointed as a Godolphin trainer in July, 2013, after 15 years working for Godolphin as a travelling head lad, stable head lad and assistant trainer. Charlie was a keen jockey growing up, participating in a number of point-to-points and race riding on the flat as an amateur.
Charlie landed his first Group One victory in November 2013 with Outstrip winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita, USA. Charlie has recorded over 350 winners including his first domestic UK Group One winner in October 2014 when Charming Thought won the Middle Park Stakes on Dubai Future Champions Day at Newmarket. Charlie celebrated his first Royal Ascot winner during the 2015 carnival with Space Age winning the King George V Stakes on Day 3 for Godolphin. His most recent winner at the highest level is Hawkbill who landed the Group One Coral Eclipse at Sandown in July 2016
Charlie divides his year between Marmoom stables in Dubai and Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket.