Mick Appleby

Big Evs Supplemented to Nunthorpe Challenge

Big Evs (Ire) (Blue Point {Ire}), winner of the Windsor Castle S. and later the G3 Jaeger Lecoultre Molecomb S., has been supplemented to the G1 Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe S. at York on Friday with Andrea Atzeni set to ride. Jason Hart, who was onboard for those two victories, maintains his partnership with three-time Group 1 winner Highfield Princess (Fr) (Night of Thunder {Ire}). Big Evs will be the only 2-year-old in contention. "It's [been] a long time since a two-year-old has won the Nunthorpe [Kingsgate Native, 2007]. So,...

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Mick Appleby Has Molecomb In Mind For Royal Ascot Winner Big Evs 

Mick Appleby is preparing Royal Ascot winner Big Evs (Ire) for a tilt at the G3 Molecomb S. at Goodwood after the Blue Point (Ire) colt confirmed his speed in running out a 20-1 winner of the  Windsor Castle S. A trip to the Knavesmire at York has also been pencilled in later in the season by Appleby, who revealed that he was not one bit surprised by the colt's performance at the royal meeting last week. He said, "I did quite fancy him because he worked well with Annaf...

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Talking Points: Keane Off The Mark At Ascot – But He Deserves More Big-Race Rides

Hard to believe that Colin Keane was 0-50 at Ascot before booting Villanova Queen (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) home to record an emotional victory for Jessica Harrington in the Kensington Palace Fillies' Handicap. Anyone with even a passing interest in Irish racing will know that Keane is right up there with the best riders in Europe and his royal winner was long overdue.  Of course, it came in rather fortuitous circumstances, with Keane deputising for Harrington's number one rider Shane Foley, who was cruelly ruled out for six weeks after breaking...

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Catalogue Released For Tattersalls Online March Sale

The catalogue for the Tattersalls Online March Sale is now available on the Tattersalls Online website and features a total of 24 entries to be offered in the timed auction to take place on Mar. 8 and 9, 2023. The catalogue includes 14 horses in and out of training from both Flat and National Hunt codes, two broodmares, a selection of 2-year-olds and a pair of point-to-pointers. One of the catalogue highlights is Malina Girl (Ire) (Malinas {Ger}) (lot 22), a winner of four of her six starts to date, including...

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Murphy Opens Up About 'Many Errors' After Return Winner

Oisin Murphy made a winning return to race-riding at Chelmsford on Thursday evening, after which he described his actions that led to a 14-month ban for alcohol and Covid breaches as "silly" and admitted to "many, many errors". The three-time champion jockey had just the one ride on the card, the Mick Appleby-trained Jupiter Express, and after partnering that horse to victory, he opened up about his time away from the saddle.  He told Racing TV about his behavior that led to a hefty ban, "Realistically, very silly. I made...

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Oisin Murphy To Return At Chelmsford On Thursday

Three-time champion jockey Oisin Murphy, who is confirmed to ride Group 1 winner Missed The Cut (Quality Road) during the G1 Saudi Cup meeting, will have his first ride back in the UK at Chelmsford on Thursday. Murphy, who is returning to the saddle after a 14-month ban for alcohol and covid protocol breaches, will be aboard The Horse Watchers syndicate's Jupiter Express (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) in the Winning Connections Networking H. at Chelmsford for trainer Mick Appleby. Gavin Horne will continue his association with Murphy. "Gavin had asked Mick...

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'We Just About Break Even: Prize-Money Is Ludicrous In Britain'

Mick Appleby will bid to begin the new year with a bang when stable star Raasel lines out in the Dubai Dash at Meydan. Appleby will run four horses in total at Meydan over the coming weeks and months, all of whom cost just over £60,000 combined, which illustrates the Northern England-based trainer's ability to sniff out a bargain at the sales.    In this week's Starfield Stud-sponsored Conversations Q&A, Appleby discusses his approach to sourcing talent, speaks out on the poor prize-money in Britain and how difficult it is...

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Chris Dixon – 'I Am Absolutely Certain Raasel Is A Group Horse'

   He may be best known for his role as presenter and pundit with Racing TV, but Chris Dixon has also carved out a reputation for being able to find bargain horses to run under the banner of The Horse Watchers, of which his brother Martin also plays an integral role.    The Horse Watchers have had a lot to shout about down through the years, with the owners approaching 100 winners all told, but the best may yet be to come on Saturday when the Mick Appleby-trained Raasel (GB)...

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Thoroughbid Hosts Online All-Weather Sale

ThoroughBid has catalogued 20 horses in training for the upcoming All-Weather Sale, slated for Jan. 16. Graduates of the online auction will qualify for £30,000 All-Weather Challenge. Among entrants, Mick Appleby's recent Shadwell-bred colt Annaf (Ire) (Muhaarar {GB}), winner at Newcastle Jan. 6 and four-time winner Here and Now (GB) (Dansili {GB}). From Ireland, Joseph O'Brien is offering up a pair of maiden winners--4-year-old colt Talbot (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}) and Adelisa (Ire), a 4-year-old daughter of Holy Roman Emperor (Ire). All horses sold will go on to compete in the...

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Racing League Teams Taking Shape

John Gosden, alongside fellow Newmarket trainers Sir Mark Prescott, Robert Cowell and David Simcock, will make up one of the dozen teams of the Racing League tournament which begins next summer. Another Newmarket team is comprised of Michael Bell, Ed Dunlop, James Fanshawe and Roger Varian. Clive Cox, Nicky Henderson, Charlie Hills and Jamie Osborne are representing Lambourn. Another team is Mick Appleby, Michael Dods, David O'Meara and Paul Midgley. Mick Channon has joined Paul and Oliver Cole, Eve Johnson Houghton and Hughie Morrison. France will also send a team...

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'Racing is Everyone's Sport' Initiative Announced by GBR

'Racing is Everyone's Sport' campaign was announced by Great British Racing on Monday. The goal of the initiative is to encourage and welcome LGBT+ participation in racing and bring the racing community together to champion lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. Former jockey Victoria Smith and trainer Mick Appleby are involved with the initiative and have shared their personal experiences. "This year has been challenging for all [during the coronavirus pandemic]--however research demonstrates that minority groups have been disproportionately affected during the crisis," said Diversity in Racing Steering Group David...

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All-Weather Champions Donate To NHS

Each of the winners of Britain's all-weather championship categories, which were revealed on Friday, have pledged to donate some or all of their cash prizes to National Health Service charities to aid its ongoing fight against COVID-19. Godolphin, Mick Appleby and Ben Curtis were announced as winners of the owner, trainer and jockey categories respectively, while George Rooke was named champion apprentice jockey, Dubai Warrior (GB) (Dansili {GB}) Horse of the Year and Agent of Fortune (GB) (Kheleyf) Winning Most Horse. Each of the six categories carries a cash prize...

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