Apache Cat Racehorse
There have been more successful Australian thoroughbreds, but none more striking that Apache Cat.
With a distinct white head colouring, Apache Cat grabbed headlines no matter where he or how he raced. A favourite for any racing enthusiast “The Cat,” was often well-backed to win and he competed during a glorious period for sprinters.
He won 19 races throughout his long career, including eight Group 1’s and more than $4.5 million.
Apache Cat’s Record
Apache Cat was an American-bred sprinter that started his career with a win at Sandown by 1.3 lengths. His first stakes win came at his third start when winning at Flemington.
After winning the Caulfield Prelude, he started as a $9 chance in the Caulfield Guineas, but managed just seventh behind God’s Own. He would return in the autumn of 2006 and he showed Australia what he’s made of.
He won at Caulfield before winning the Group 1 Cadbury Guineas. It was his first win at Group 1 level and he backed it up with a win in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes just two weeks later.
A start in the Doncaster Handicap would follow, but it showed running over a mile wasn’t his forte. He finished last carrying 51kg, so dropping back in distance was on the cards. He ran third in the Memsie Stakes, which was run at Group 2 level in 2006.
His next three runs resulted in poor results, but they all came at Group 1 level. He finished seventh in the Cox Plate and sixth in the Emirates Stakes, once again showing he’s not a miler.
After a break of 11 weeks, Apache Cat returned to win three consecutive races in lower grades. He paid $1.45 to win the Group 2 Blamey Stakes before running third in the George Ryder and then fifth in the Doncaster Handicap.
It wasn’t until 2008 that Apache Cat returned to his favourite distance and it provided excellent results. He won the Group 1 Lightning Stakes, Australia Stakes, TJ Smith Stakes, BTC Cup and Doomben 10,000 in succession. It matched the record of Tulloch, who was the last horse to win five consecutive Group 1 races.
In 2009, he would add a second Australia Stakes and a second Doomben 10,000 to his record. It would be his final Group 1 success, after having three more attempts.
His last race came in the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint where he suffered a leg fracture, subsequently ending his storied career.
The team behind Apache Cat
Apache Cat was trained by Greg Eurell and primarily ridden by Corey Brown, who labelled Apache Cat as the best horse he’s ever ridden.
He was bred by Mr P Radford and Ms R Lawrie, who both stayed in the ownership group which consisted of five more owners.
He had a great association with fans, who adored his unique markings. Apache Cat now spends his time at the Living Legends farm alongside Bomber Bill and Sky Heights.
Apache Cat Achievements and Statistics
Apache Cat was awarded Australian Champion Sprinter in 2008, after winning five Group 1’s that year. However, Weekend Hussler won the Horse of the Year after also winning five Group 1 races.
From his 43 starts, Apache Cat won 19 and placed in 11. He won eight Group 1’s and a total of eight Group 2 and Group 3 races.
Apache Cat Statistics
Race record: 19 wins from 43 starts
Career earnings: $4,530,000
Group 1 wins: 8
Breeding: Lion Cavern (USA) x. Tennessee Blaze (USA)
Trainer: Greg Eurell
Jockey: Corey Brown
Breeders: Mr P Radford and Ms R Lawrie
Owners: P.F. Radford, Ms R.N. Lawrie, G.E. Riddell, Mrs S.T. Riddell, Mrs M.B. Lofthouse, K.J. Lofthouse
Years active: 2005-2009