Scottish wins the Steventon Stakes Image by Newbury Racecourse

Scottish wins the Steventon Stakes
Image by Newbury Racecourse

A team of horses sent to Australia by Charlie Appleby are settling in nicely with running plans firming up.

Appleby’s assistant trainer James Ferguson has travelled with the squad and has been pleased with the way they all handled what can be an arduous journey.

The star of the team is undoubtedly Scottish, winner of the Strensall Stakes at York last time out, who is heading for the Caulfield Cup.

“It is a long flight for these horses but they are all in good shape, they had two easy days and then their first days of cantering today,” Ferguson told

“They are fresh and well and taken the travel well, we’re really pleased.

“We really like Scottish, Mikey Ennis, who rides him every day at home, has come over with him and he couldn’t be happier.

“He’ll do a bit more towards the end of the work and early next week. We’re not sure when Charlie will be here as the Caulfield Cup clashes with Champions Day at home so it’s touch and go.

“We’ve got Second Wave, a nice handicapper at home, he’ll probably go for the Geelong Cup with Qewy, potentially anyway.

“Qewy or Francis Of Assisi could go for the Bendigo and we’ve a nice horse called Oceanographer who might go for the Moonee Valley Cup.”