Hadlow resident sire The Apache has had two winners in two days, impressive from his first crop with limited numbers.
Rochester, trained by Vaughan Marshall and owned in partnership by Vaughan and Miss J Jones, it was the first win after after placing five times previously in Kenilworth and Durbanville and he did so emphatically, cleaning up by over 8 lengths over the 1600m trip at Fairview on Friday.
Saturday saw Mike De Kock’s aptly named Arlington’s Revenge win his third race from six runs. Owned in partnership with his daughter Kirsten De Kock, Arlington’s Revenge, out of a Muhtafal mare, won over 1600m at Turffontein.
Both 3yo’s were bred by Rosedene Stud, where The Apache initially began his stud career after relocating to his farm of birth, Scott Bros. With Highdown Stud winding down their breeding activities, The Apache was relocated to Hadlow Stud for the 2018 season and he has settled in beautifully.
Trained by Gavin Van Zyl who put the horse on the map in South Africa, with Gr1 wins and Equus Award in hand, The Apache was bought into by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum with prominent Hong Kong owner Mr Winston Chow.
Sent into training with Mike De Kock, the Mogok entire was exported to Dubai where he won the Gr2 Al Rashidaya, and placed in numerous Gr1’s. He won in England, and was exported to America – where he crossed the line first in the Gr1 Arlington Million, only to lose the race in the boardroom after.
Sold for just R80 000 at the National 2YO Sale, The Apache retired as one of South Africa’s leading earners with over R17-million in stakes. He descends from one of Scott Bros founding families, and his ancestors including the great race filly Bold West.
The Apache has been Equinome Tested and his results show him to have the leading elements to be a top sire – which is reflecting in his current results at stud. From just 11 runners he has now produced 7 winners.
Congratulations to all concerned.