Charlie Appleby will Field Two at Sandown Spring Meeting
Goldolphin trainer Charlie Appleby seems to think that as long as he was here to try his fortune at Flemington, he might as well hand around and see if Sandown held anything for him.
He plans to field a horse, Kidmenever, for the 1800 m Group 3 Eclipse Stakes at the Saturday meeting, and Folkswood as well in the 2400 m Group 2 Zipping Classic.
Appleby needs Kidmenever to repay some faith. Based at Newmarket in Great Britain, he would like to see Kidmenever, by England’s Baltic King from Ireland’s Pepys Tillergirl, do something to justify the cost of his transport.
Folkswood has established credentials in Australia, winning the Cranbourne Cup and running third in the Cox Plate. Another of Appleby’s horses, Qewy, showed some good form in winning the Group 3 Bendigo Cup.
Kidmenever, on the other hand, was outclassed in the 2400 m Herbert Power Stakes, managing nothing better than eighth.
Appleby told the Herald Sun in regard to Kidmenever, “We’re going to drop him back in trip to the Eclipse. We were disappointed in the Herbert Power but they went pretty quick.We’ve purposefully given him the time. What we saw in Dubai he had plenty of pace there for the 10 furlongs (2000m) so I don’t any reason dropping back to the nine furlongs (1800m) won’t be a problem.”
Kidmenever had some health issues, so expectations returning from those necessitated a cautious approach. Veterinarian exams have cleared the way and Kidmenever has been looking fine to Appleby. “He’s put good solid work in over the last three weeks so that’s not a concern at all.”
Qewy has earned a rest, as Appleby plans to send him back to England and the retirement paddock. His clock expired when he could do no better than sixth in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He won the Sandown Cup (3200 m) last year, along with the Group 3 Geelong Cup last October, so the eight-year-old’s campaigning days are over.