Mick Appleby has been involved with horse racing for nearly 30 years. Over these years, he has gained an enormous amount of experience and knowledge from his work with horses – both in training and horse management.
Mick was stable jockey for John Manners for 3 years, riding numerous winners. He left there to become head lad for Roger Curtis for a short period of time.
In 2008, Mick was offered a fantastic opportunity as head lad at Andrew Blading’s Kingsclere Stables. Here he worked with top-class horses, gaining much experience in all aspects of training race horses.
In June 2010, Mick went out on his own for the remainder of the season, gaining 3 winners and a few placed horses; showing a profit of £106 to a £1 level stake. The 2011 season went successfully having 20 winners and numerous placed horses.
Throughout 2012 and 2013 Mick and his team continued building on their successes, with winners Louchantanks, The Lockmaster, Stellar Express, Demora and Art Scholar – who landed the November Handicap.
The yard carried on growing for the next few years and built up a great team of youth and experience.
In 2014, Mick had his first Group Winner in Danzeno in the Group 3 Chip Chase at Newcastle. In the same year he achieved 91 winners and was runner-up in the all-weather championships.
He was crowned the Champion Trainer at Southwell in 2014 and 2015. 2015 brought Mick 101 winners and many placed horses in exciting racing.
3rd in Group 1 at Ascot, 5th in the July Cup at Newmarket
Won the Scottish Stewards Cup, a very close 2nd in the Ayr Gold Cup; the richest sprint handicap in Europe
Won the Great St Wilfred at Ripon and the Silver Cup
3 on the trot wins, with the last one being ridden by Sir A.P. McCoy at Catterick over hurdles
Broke the track record at Chelmsford
Won on his 100th start at Thirsk and now has 15 wins!
Winner at York twice and the Big Grass Roots Final at Nottingham ridden by Andrew Mullen
Won the Ice Company handicap at York
All in all, a wonderful season for Mick, his team and his loyal owners.