Brilliant Apache Cat Claims Another Scalp
Sprint king Apache Cat will go for a well earned rest and be set for his first overseas mission at the end of the year after recording his fifth successive Group One win in today's Doomben Ten Thousand in Brisbane.
The baldy faced chestnut with a huge cult following among racing fans made a one horse affair of the Ten Thousand where he held a big advantage over his rivals under the wfa conditions.
Box seated by jockey Corey Brown in third place, Apache Cat peeled off the back of the leader Murtajill at the 400m and exploded away to score the easiest of all his Group One wins.
Murtajill fought on gamely to hold second with Sydney colt Turffontein picking up a valuable Group One placing when he grabbed third.
Trainer Greg Eurell said he will resist the temptation to start Apache Cat in the $1 million Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm on June 7 due to his long range plans for the rising six-year-old.
“He's earned a very good rest,” said Eurell, who has taken Apache Cat through the Melbourne and Sydney autumn carnivals since he resumed in February.
“The Stradbroke is a great race but if we let him have a break now I'm sure he will come back just as good next season.”
Eurell said he is planning to give Apache Cat two spring starts in Melbourne and then send him to Hong Kong for the International Sprint over 1200m in December with a campaign in Europe a long range goal next year.
Apache Cat is now certain to claim this season champion sprinter title after his unprecedented Group One sequence that began with the Lightning Stakes at Flemington in February.
He then won the Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley, T.J. Smith Stakes at Randwick beating Reigning To Win and Takeover Target and the BTC Cup at Doomben before today's victory sent his earnings soaring past $3.3 million.
“It was awesome effort, unbelievable,” Eurell said of Apache Cat's brilliant performance, praise echoed by jockey Corey Brown who rated the big gelding the best horse he has ridden during his career.
Eurell had been under pressure all week due to worrying blood tests from Apache Cat but said he had no doubt the horse was ready to compete at his best after the last tests on Thursday.
Brown has now won seven Group One races this season and will be the leading G1 rider in Australia this season.
Runner-up Murtajill and minor placegetter Turffontein will go on the Stradbroke over 1400m on June 9 where they will be better suited by the handicap conditions.
|R7 DOOMBEN||24 May 2008|
|Carlton Draught Doomben 1000 G1, 1350m|
Age & Sex
|1. APACHE CAT (AUS)|
|LION CAVERN (USA) - TENNESSEE BLAZE (AUS)|
|P F RADFORD, MS R N LAWRIE, G E RIDDELL, MRS S T RIDDELL, MRS M B LOFTHOUSE, K J LOFTHOUSE.|
|7. MURTAJILL (AUS)|
|T R MARTIN|
|ROCK OF GIBRALTAR (IRE) - SKATING (AUS)|
|SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN KHALIFA AL MAKTOUM & TIM MARTIN BLOODSTOCK PTY LTD SYND(MGR: T MARTIN).|
|Jun 05, National Weanling Sale 2005, Scone NSW, $660000, T Stakemire, VIC|
|8. TURFFONTEIN (AUS)|
|JOHANNESBURG (USA) - SPIRIT OF GRACE (AUS)|
|A Cummings Th'bds), A Grant-Taylor, M Paine, J Sugarman, R Garozzo, M Kleimeyer, S Savage, Pc Racing(P Carroll), C J Morey & T Hurford|
|Mar 06, 2006 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Moorooduc, $70000, Anthony Cummings Thoroughbreds, NSW|
|4th||10. JUSTE MOMENTE (AUS)|
|5th||5. DOUBLE DARE (NZ)|
|6th||4. THE JACKAL (AUS)|
|PAUL ST VINCENT|
|7th||11. VORMISTA (AUS)|
|8th||3. REIGNING TO WIN (AUS)|
|9th||6. HELIDECK (AUS)|
|10th||2. HARD TO CATCH (AUS)|
|11th||12. TAN TAT DE LAGO (AUS)|
|12th||9. LA MONTAGNA (AUS)|