CHARLIE Appleby’s luckless autumn may be over just in the nick of time after Polarisation was cleared on Tuesday to take his place in Saturday’s $2 million Sydney Cup.
Unlike last spring, nothing has gone right for English-based Godolphin trainer Appleby in Australia this autumn.
The Gold Trail broke down in the Mornington Cup before Polarisation was first past the post in the Sydney Cup, only for the race to be called off a minute earlier.
Only a handful of runners didn’t receive the no-race message and finished the Cup course but it would have been a bitter pill to swallow nonetheless for Appleby when Polarisation was first past the post and stablemate Penglai Pavilion crossed the line in third.
Polarisation experienced some heat in his off-fore fetlock over the weekend but was given the green light to run in Randwick’s Sydney Cup after being inspected by Racing NSW vet Craig Suann.
He started at double-figure odds in the initial Sydney Cup but is now rated a $6 third favourite with the TAB.
Melbourne trainer Stuart Webb has confirmed Adelaide Cup winner Annus Mirabilis will take his place in the Sydney Cup field.
It was originally thought Annus Mirabilis was one of those who would not contest the rescheduled Cup but Webb said the six-year-old had done everything right since the no-race on April 8.
“I will definitely be accepting with the intention of running and he got through the run better than I thought,” Webb said.
Annus Mirabilis completed the entire Sydney Cup distance on April 8 and was fourth past the post.
“He was only three or four lengths (off Polarisation),” Webb said.
“I took confidence from the no-race and I took confidence that he won easily in the Adelaide Cup (over 3200m).
“But I am mindful he has now had an Adelaide Cup, a Sydney Cup and now has had two trips away and we’re fronting up again.”
Craig Williams has appealed against the severity of his Sandown suspension in a bid to ride Sydney Cup favourite Big Duke ($3.50).
Williams will need a reduction to his eight-meeting suspension later this week if he is to ride Big Duke.
Originally published as He’ll be apples after Polarisation cleared
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