Charlie Appleby names five to follow at the Dubai World Cup Carnival 2018

2016 and 2017 International Trainer of the Year, Charlie Appleby, names five horses to follow at the Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan this season

J A McGrath


I am very hopeful for him this season. Working back from the G1 Golden Shaheen on Dubai World Cup night, he will be aimed at the G3 Dubawi Stakes on 18 January. I was very pleased with his first run here this season.

Gold Town

This son of Street Cry was a consistent performer during his two-year-old career. He looks very natural on dirt and has settled in well to the routine here in Dubai. He is to be aimed at the G3 UAE 2,000 Guineas Trial at Meydan on 25 January.

Blue Point

He is developing into the top-class sprinter he always promised to be. He will be aimed at the G1 Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night. His prep race will be the G2 Meydan Sprint on 22 February, and he continues to do well.


A natural talent who I expect to relish a step up in trip. He was gelded last year. I was pleased with his third on his first run back, and his run in the G3 Singspiel Stakes at Meydan this week will be of great interest.


This is a very interesting prospect for the coming season. He proved very able at a mile and a half in Britain last year (when trained by Roger Charlton), and he is one to note in handicap company in coming weeks.