Charlie Appleby flexed his Melbourne Cup muscle on Wednesday night with a stable quinella in the Group 2 Great Voltiguer Stakes (2400m) at York.
While game winner Old Persian will stay in Europe for the Group 1 St Leger next, Appleby confirmed that narrow runner-up Cross Counter was a lock for a Melbourne campaign.
‘He wasn’t for stopping coming off the straight’
Charlie Appleby discusses his one-two in today’s G2 Great Voltigeur Stakes
The emerging three-year-old, a winner of the Group 3 Gordon Stakes (2400m) last month, will not have another run prior to joining well-credentialed stablemate, last-start Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2700m) winner Hamada, on a flight from Newmarket to Melbourne in October.
“Cross Counter will start quarantine in four weeks’ time,” Appleby said on Godolphin’s website.
“The early batch start quarantine tomorrow (Thursday) and are in there for two weeks, Cross Counter will be part of the second batch.
“I think we have a nice team going down there but it all depends on how they travel, that is the biggest challenge, but if they all turn up there in the nick they are in on this side of the water, they are going to be big players. Read More …