The Apache Flying At Stud

The Apache. Image: Candiese Marnewick
The Apache. Image: Candiese Marnewick

The Apache is flying at stud, with only 11 runners on the track he has produced 5 wins and 15 places. He is currently boasting a winners to runners percentag of 36.4%.

A Scott Bros’ bred son of Mogok out of a Dolpour mare (and a pure Scott Bros pedigree stretching back over 50 years to their founding dam) who was voted Equus Champion 3YO Colt of his year, his story is a special one – selling for just R80 000 at the National 2YO Sale, he went on to earn over R17-million making him one of the highest Stakes earners standing at stud in South Africa.

Amongst the mares he has covered this season is a Zabeel mare specifically imported for him by owner Mr Winston Chow, named Divine Proportion who has foaled a beautiful baby to The Apache this season at Hadlow Stud, and the other is the dam of Gr1 winner Wild One (by Mogok), a cross that has also produced Save The Rhino.

Globetrotting from South Africa to Dubai, England and America – The Apache crossed the line first in the Gr1 Arlington Million, placing in England and winning the Gr2 Al Rashidiya in Dubai and placed second in two major Dubai Gr1 races – not to forget his Gr1 wins in South Africa and numerous Group Places.

Among the top horses beaten by The Apache during his globe-trotting campaign were international Group/Grade 1 winners Aesop’s Fables (Prix Jean Prat), Giofra (Falmouth Stakes), Hunter’s Light (Jebel Hatta), Little Mike (Breeders Cup Turf), Ocean Park (Cox Plate), Side Glance (VRC Mackinnon Stakes), Trade Storm (Woodbine Mile) and Wigmore Hall (Northern Dancer Turf S-twice).
Local racing stars beaten by The Apache included the Gr1 winners Big City Life, Bravura, Buy And Sell, Dancewiththedevil, Emerald Cove, English Garden, Flirtation, Gold Onyx, Happy Landing, Igugu, Link Man, Regal Ransom, Seal and Solo Traveller.
Cathy Martin who stands The Apache talks of his amazing temperament. “Hes a lovely horse with a very gentle temperament, very quiet, really enjoys his carrots and quite happy.”
The Apache in the Gr1 Arlington Million. He sold for R80 000 at the National 2YO Sale, won on four continents including crossing the line first in the Gr1 Arlington Million, and earned over R17-million in stakes.
The Apache in the Gr1 Arlington Million. He sold for R80 000 at the National 2YO Sale, won on four continents including crossing the line first in the Gr1 Arlington Million, and earned over R17-million in stakes.
The Apache carries a tremendous quality about him, whilst a classicly conformed horse with a strong air of intelligence about him, his head is always proudly in the air and he is very aware of his surroundings and it seems his outstanding achievements.

His produce results on the track reflect his superb Equinome test results which Hong Kong owner Mr Winston Chow had performed on the stallion and his results are impressive.

His test results are explained by Plusvital:

“The Apache has been categorised as a C:T (Middle Distance type) by the Plusvital Speed Gene Test, which predicts optimum race distance and precocity potential by categorising horses as one of three genetic types.

C:T horses, like The Apache, are the most versatile genetic type. They are likely to perform well over shorter distances (7f to 8f/1,400m to 1,600m) as two year olds and then progress to run over middle distances (8f to 12f/1,600m to 2,400m) as three-year-olds and older. C:T horses are capable of producing all three genetic types of horse (Sprint/Mile types, Middle Distance types or Staying types).

The Apache has also been assigned a rating of 1 for both Genomic Racing Value (GRV) and Genomic Breeding Value (GBV) as categorised by Plusvital’s Elite Performance Test, which analyses over 50,000 genetic markers within a horse and assigns a score between 1 and 4 based on their genetic potential to achieve elite racing and breeding performance.

Horses like The Apache, with a GRV score of 1, have the greatest genetic potential to become an elite racehorse and are 5.4 times more likely to achieve this than horses assigned a lower GRV score of 4.

Similarly, horses with a GBV of 1 have the highest genetic probability of producing elite racehorses and passing on favourable genetic variants to their offspring, when compared with other horses assigned a lower score.”

The Apache stands for a fee of just R10 000 at Hadlow Stud in Mooi River.


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