CHARLIE APPLEBY has won the prestigious International Trainer of the Year award for the third year running. The Godolphin trainer sent out 12 Group One winners worldwide in 2018, including the Group 1 Derby at Epsom, the Group 1 Melbourne Cup at Flemington and the Group 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs. He also enjoyed outstanding success in Europe throughout a memorable season, saddling winners at Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood, Arc weekend at Paris Longchamp, as well as dominating the Deauville meeting in August. “It has been an unbelievable year and I have one person to thank for that, HH Sheikh Mohammed, whose ambition and passion for our sport is an inspiration to every one of us at Godolphin, ” Appleby said. “
I am forever grateful to His Highness for having given me the opportunity to train for him. “I am also fortunate in having an excellent team at Moulton Paddocks, headed by my assistants Marie Murphy and Alex Merriam. Their skill and dedication, plus the hard work of the entire team, have been major factors in the Godolphin success story this year,” he added. The International Trainer of the Year award, presented in London, is sponsored by the Newmarketbased International Racing Bureau and honours the trainer who has made the biggest impact globally throughout the year.