Charlie Appleby Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Charlie Appleby trains Qewy
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Qewy marked himself as a potential Melbourne Cup challenger as he claimed Group Three victory in the Geelong Cup for Charlie Appleby.

The 12-furlong handicap at Geelong racecourse has been a happy hunting ground for European raiders in recent times with Melbourne Cup winners Dunaden, Americain and Media Puzzle all winning the event in the past 15 years.

Qewy, who finished second in the Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting and was last seen in Britain at Goodwood in July, showed he has the requisite staying power for the two-mile Group One as he came out best in a thrilling three-way finish.

Qewy, who was partnered by Kerrin McEvoy, just got the better of ex-Andre Fabre runner Grey Lion by a long head, with another Appleby runner, Oceanographer, a further three-quarters of a length away in third.

McEvoy told “I knew I had to get him mobile, get him warmed and get him into the race.

“But it’s full credit to the horse. He probably lacks a quick change of gear, but he’s genuine and honest and he just keeps picking up.”

Qewy was previously handled by Godolphin’s chief executive John Ferguson before he gave up his training interests earlier this year.

The Street Cry gelding won one of seven outings over hurdles for Ferguson and even raced twice over fences last season.

Ferguson’s son James is now Appleby’s assistant and he was thrilled with the victory.

He said: “We came over to get the job done and have winners and we’ve done it.

“It’s great for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed to have a winner and brilliant for the whole team.

“The horse stays all day and he was given a beautiful ride.”