More Carnival joy for Appleby

Charlie Appleby's successful Spring Carnival continued with a facile success in the Jayco Bendigo Cup for Francis Of Assisi.

Assistant trainer James Ferguson and Kerrin McEvoy

Last week, the Newmarket handler teamed up with jockey Kerrin McEvoy to win the Geelong Cup and the pair were at it again in the Group Three contest.

The former John Ferguson inmate, who was last seen in action at Glorious Goodwood, ran out a comfortable three length winner to the delight of McEvoy.

"The English team are having a good run at the moment," McEvoy told

"I've said to James [Ferguson] and the team that they should bring about 20 next year, and come out in July!

"I was expecting the Lloyd [Williams] horse [Our Century] to be coming hard, but I had too much of a break.

"I was quite surprised when I saw the big screen how much I was in front."

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McEvoy will not be riding for Godolphin in next week's Emirates Melbourne Cup where he will be on board Almandin for Williams while Scottish, who he rode to finish second in the Caulfield Cup, will also miss the race.

Instead, connections are eyeing the Emirates Stakes the following weekend with Ferguson commenting: "I think Sheikh Mohammed and Charlie have pondered on it a long time and at the end of the day, with Winx coming out it makes it a much more viable option for everyone.

"He was quite keen in the Caulfield Cup and if he was to do that again in the Melbourne Cup it would write him out early so it's back to his preferred trip at home and I think he's a really good chance."

Appleby had confirmed the decision on Wednesday morning on the Godolphin website.

"Scottish has continued to do well since the Caulfield Cup and we are happy to have him dropping back in distance from 2400 metres to the 2000 metres of the Emirates," Appleby said.

The visiting Godolphin party are still set to be represented in the Melbourne Cup by Qewy with Geelong third Oceanographer also in the running.

Qewy is almost guaranteed a run but could miss out at the expense of the winner of Saturday's Lexus Stakes, a win and you're in contest which Oceanographer is pencilled in for.

Ferguson believes Qewy can be competitive if lining up at Flemington.

"I think he's got an each-way chance if he's able to go out and dominate as he did in the Geelong Cup," he said. "I know he stays the distance and he'll definitely put up a good fight.

"I think they normally go steady enough for him to get to the front, but it's the most competitive race in the world, what's going to happen?

"Big Orange will probably go out in front and there will be a few other horses that will probably try to make the running."

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