Cap O'Rushes: Gordon Stakes winner is a 20-1 shot for the St LegerPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Appleby gains first Group win with Cap O'Rushes
Report: Glorious Goodwood, Wednesday
Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes (Group 3) 1m4f, 3yo
NEWLY-APPOINTED Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby gained his first Group success when Cap O’Rushes struck in the Gordon Stakes.
Appleby, formerly stable assistant at Moulton Paddocks, has wasted little time getting to grips with his new role - he saddled his first winner at the fifth attempt on Sunday and celebrated a notable victory with the 9-2 shot, who was his first runner at Group level.
Cap O’Rushes, who ran a big race last time when fourth in the Irish Derby, held off Excess Knowledge in the recognised trial for the Ladbrokes St Leger. In the race last year, Godolphin's Encke was second to Noble Mission before going on to land the season's final Classic.
Appleby, who has taken over Mahmood Al Zarooni's string following the disgraced trainer's eight-year drugs ban, said: "I can't thank Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin enough for giving me this opportunity and it is great to start being able to pay them back.
"I have confidence in the team and the confidence everybody is giving me can only help."
Paddy Power cut both Cap O’Rushes (20-1 from 33) and runner-up Excess Knowledge (10-1 from 14) for the Doncaster Classic and Appleby is expecting more to come.
"We were confident coming into the race given the way he has been improving," he said. "He was sent to Ireland to make sure there was pace in the race for Libertarian but he has come on since Ireland and the plan now would be the Voltigeur and hopefully on to the Leger.
"The key thing today was that he saw out the trip well and appreciated the cut in the ground.
"Libertarian is back in full work and the plan for him now is the Voltigeur, so we'll probably run the two horses in that."