The trainer, Charlie Appleby, was quick to give credit to the inspiration behind Godolphin, the man who never gave up on winning the world-famous race. “Godolphin is not Charlie Appleby, Saeed Bin Suroor or James Cummings. Godolphin is His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and what he has built up,” Appleby said. “It is for a moment like this. It is all for him.”
It had been 30 years since Sheikh Mohammed’s first runner, 30 years since he first felt the pain of not winning the Cup. There were the seconds with Central Park, Give The Slip and Crime Scene and another three thirds among the 30 runners that made it to Melbourne.
But behind all that cash, there is one thing that shines through that money can’t buy – teamwork. Which means that even though this was an English trainer’s victory, Australian boss Vin Cox celebrated like it had been one of his countrymen.