Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Price Boosts, Racing Backups, Fluc Up!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Odds Boosts, Racing Offers, Massive MULTIS!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Bruno Cannatelli
Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Charlie Appleby has some unfinished business before returning home

Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Charlie Appleby has some unfinished business before returning home to the United Kingdom.

Appleby won Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup with Cross Counter, supplying Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin racing operation with it’s first victory.

Another two potential Group One races are on offer for Appleby and Godolphin at Flemington on Saturday.

Appleby was the first of the international raiders to arrive in Melbourne for the carnival and claimed the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield with Jungle Cat.

A week later he finished a narrow second in the Caulfield Stakes with Blair House, beaten by fellow Godolphin galloper Benbatl.

Jungle Cat and Blair House run at Flemington on Saturday, Jungle Cat in the VRC Sprint Classic and Blair House the Mackinnon Stakes.

Blair House is listed as favourite in the Mackinnon Stakes.

“He’s backing up after running a very creditable second behind Benbatl who went on and franked that form finishing second to Winx,” Appleby said.

“And I purposely missed the Cox Plate for that reason.

“I couldn’t turn it around on Benbatl and I definitely wasn’t going to get past Winx, so we’ve skipped the Cox Plate to go into the Mackinnon with fresh legs.”

Appleby said Blair House was moving nicely ahead of Saturday’s race with the trainer unconcerned by what ground will be on offer.

“He looks in great order and if he turns up in the form he was in the Caulfield Stakes I think they’ve got him to beat,” Appleby said.

“He’s a versatile horse. He’s won on cut in the ground, he’s won on quick ground.”

UK-based jockey William Buick has been entrusted with the rides on both Blair House and Jungle Cat.

Buick warmed up with victory on the James Cummings-trained Godolphin galloper Pohutukawa at Flemington on Tuesday.

With a Group One prestige up for grabs, Appleby said it was important to gain as much of an advantage as possible, which is why Buick has flown in for to ride.

“He’s knows both the horses and that’s important,” Appleby said.

“I’m in a very lucky position with William and James (Doyle) as they ride these horses in the UK and know these horses inside and out.

“That’s why they’re retained.

“We’ve got some of the best jockeys in the world riding at the moment.”

Featured News

Free List of the Best Racing Bets and Bonus Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Avilius heads early odds for Winx Stakes

Multiple Group One winner Avilius has opened as the clear favourite in Saturday’s Winx Stakes at Randwick. Online bookmaker Sportsbet...

Marmelo’s odds slashed to win Melbourne Cup 2019

After taking out the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay at Deauville in France overnight, Marmelo is now a $15 TAB equal...

Update on Robbie Griffiths after brain surgery

Australian Trainers’ Association President Robbie Griffiths is resting comfortably after undergoing a longer than expected operation on a brain aneurysm....

Mystic Journey too good in PB Lawrence Stakes

Trainer Adam Trinder felt a sense of relief after Mystic Journey made a winning return in the PB Lawrence Stakes...

Colic rules Melbourne Cup contender out of spring

UK import Lord Belvedere will miss the this years Spring Racing Carnival after suffering a colic attack late last month....

Crowd favourite Jungle Edge banned from racing

Crowd favourite Jungle Edge has been banned from racing for three months after bleeding from both nostrils at Flemington today....

Jamie Kah lashes out at British racing industry

Group One winning Australian jockey Jamie Kah has hit out at the British racing industry calling it ‘backwards’ in regards...

Group One-winning Sydney trainer banned

Trainer Tim Martin has been disqualified for six months on an improper action charge relating to the purchase of a...

Jockey gets off light for seriously dangerous incident

Boy did the s… hit the fan in South Africa last night. In footage that was shades of the most...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2019 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.