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Author: tigerrish Timestamp:- 16/12/2009 8:06:01 PM Subject: Apache Cat - Thanks for the memories.
Message: The curtain comes down on the career of another great racehorse.
From his 3yo season and onward he won at worse a Gr2 race along the way every year, almost 5 years running. Very few can lat claim to a career like that.
The one thing that stood out with him, aside from his flashy white blaze and feet, was his will to give his all. He never gave in, even when he was never going to win he still gave everything he had right to the line.
His win in the Lightning beating a crack field when he wasnt supposed to be a 1000m horse, then backs it up again in the Aust Stakes. And he ended the season by giving Brisbane race goers a treat by thrashing the field in the 10,000 by his biggest winning margin of his career.
For me personally, his win in his first 10,000 was as dominant as you can get, it was more contempt than anything. But his win in the Moir this year was the Cat all over, he wanted to win, the people wanted him to win and he delivered.
Message: Yes an outstanding competitor The Cat. And one will never forget Punting Patto's fantastic Apache Cat makeup episode although he applied the goo to the wrong side of the face.
It's just a pity Tiggsy with this type of thread that you can on hand celebrate a top horse yet on the other hand bag out two of global racing's great modern champions in Deep Impact and Silent Witness. Inconsistency is not a good look.
Also have to remind you Tiggsy, that 'Happy retirement, champ' is an inanity. The horse cannot read. Hope this helps.
Author: nmccloy Timestamp:- 17/12/2009 3:22:10 AM Subject: Re: Apache Cat - Thanks for the memories.
Message: A beautiful horse!! I remember seeing him after the Winterbottom in Perth last year. He was the most impressive and imposing horse I have ever seen. Eurell is a true horseman, God I still remember the sight of this horse. You see this white blaze under the white blinkers, which added to his aura but seeing him up close (and patting him)was just awesome. He was trained to a tee every time This horse had presence.. All the best in retirement mate, you will be well looked after.
Author: curtis Timestamp:- 17/12/2009 7:04:47 PM Subject: Re: Apache Cat - Thanks for the memories.
Message: Khaptingly I think I understand what you are saying but ordinary horses dont win 8 gr 1's, as simply by definition over that period of time, he would have been racing the best on offer ALL the time and hence having his share of wins makes your comments about his ability incorrect.
Author: doosra Timestamp:- 18/12/2009 4:00:29 PM Subject: Re: Apache Cat - Thanks for the memories.
Message: Khrapman, try to show just a smidgin of respect, for once, can't you?
Apache had more heart in one nostril hair than you seem to have in your entire personage :(
He was a great racehorse... so many fantastic memories, just so glad I was trackside at Ascot to see The Cat and TT duke it out in one of the best race finishes seen anywhere, with the crowd going absolutely ballistic.... a moment I will always treasure.
Apache was special in looks and personality and he knew it, but more than that he was one of the gutsiest racehorses to look through a bridle that I have seen in my lifetime - from the moment he set foot on a racetrack to his very last run, when he still was finishing on hard against the best sprinters in the world despite what would have been significant pain.
Here was a horse who just never knew how to lie down.
May he have a very long and very leisurely retirement being treated like the absolute turf legend he is :)
Author: tigerrish Timestamp:- 21/12/2009 6:39:03 AM Subject: Re: Apache Cat - Thanks for the memories.
Message: Heard an interview on RadioTab in Qld with the horse's owner last week. He said that the Cat was having to stay in HK a little longer than usual as he's flying back with Cannonball who looks to be coming down for the Lightning Stakes.
Once the horse has recovered he will live out his days at the Living Legends farm.
Author: willow15 Timestamp:- 21/12/2009 2:27:26 PM Subject: Re: Apache Cat - Thanks for the memories.
Interesting that the two races you mention in your last paragraph as your most memorable were the two races Greg Eurell specifically mentioned as his most memorable in an interview I heard on Friday on Sport927 in Melbourne with Steve Moran.
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