Charlie Appleby was appointed as a Godolphin trainer in July, 2013, after 15 years working for Godolphin as a travelling head lad, stable head lad and assistant trainer. Charlie was a keen jockey growing up, participating in a number of point-to-points and race riding on the flat as an amateur.
Charlie landed his first Group One victory in November 2013 with Outstrip winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita, USA. Charlie has recorded over 550 winners including a first domestic UK Group One winner in October 2014 when Charming Thought won the Middle Park Stakes on Dubai Future Champions Day at Newmarket.
He celebrated his first Royal Ascot winner during the 2015 meeting with Space Age winning the King George V Stakes on Day 3 for Godolphin.
Charlie was crowned Champion Trainer at the 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival and enjoyed a terrific Dubai World Cup night with two winners at the highest level thanks to Jungle Cat and Hawkbill who won the Al Quoz Sprint and Dubai Sheema Classic respectively.
A dream came true for Charlie in June 2018 when his charge, Masar, became the first Godolphin horse in the famous royal blue silks to win the coveted Group One Derby at Epsom, and also became Charlie's first Classic winner.
Seventeen days later, Charlie trained the winner of the Group One King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, which marked his first Group One winner at the prestigious Royal meeting and Godolphin's first win in the race.
Charlie divides his year between Marmoom stables in Dubai and Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket.