|The Apache Places In First British Start, York Stakes Gr 2|
The Apache ran in the York Stakes, a Group 2 at York over 2000m on Saturday and placed fourth on the turf in good to firm going. A prep run before being aimed at the Arlington Million, The Apache stayed in the money to continue his consistent overseas campaign.
Dancewiththedevil was scratched from the race.
Finishing just four lengths behind a field of classy horses, the winner was Mukhadram, who has run two fine races behind the high-class Al Kazeem (rated second hightest in the world behind Black Caviar), got his head back in front when landing the Skybet York Stakes. He is a horse who ran second in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and third in the Eclipse.
The second horse was Grandeur, a dual Grade 2 winner in the United States last year, did threaten when rallying under Frankie Dettori, but Mukhadram held on to win by three-quarters of a length and Whigmore Hall, a dual American Gr 1 winner by High Chapparal, finishing third.
Mogok – a half-brother to Machiavellian and the most successful son of Storm Cat to stand in South Africa, will be covering Rathmor’s top broodmare and KZN’s Broodmare Of The Year Gypsy Queen this season, which will hopefully see a full-sibling to South African and American Gr 1 winner Gypsy’s Warning.
Mogok stands at Scott Bros for a fee of R20 000 this season (R5000 nom + R15 000 live foal).
He is also the sire of Bold Black-Types – including last years’ Gr 2 Emerald Cup winner Meadow Magic (the richest race on sand), Al Canina, Orbison, Cruso, Wild One, Markofdistinction, Head Of The House, Greenacre and Corpes Da Elite.