With his distinctive white markings and a memorable sprinting career on the track, chestnut gelding Apache Cat is a crowd favourite.
2021 marks 15 years since Apache Cat won the Group 1 Australian Guineas in 2006.
He made a name for himself early in his career winning his first race as a two-year-old and then winning the Australian Guineas, his first Group 1, at Flemington.
When he switched to sprinting, his career soared. With Corey Brown in the irons, Apache Cat managed to win five consecutive Group 1 races in 2008: the Lightning Stakes at Flemington, Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley, TJ Smith at Randwick, BTC Cup at Doomben and the Doomben 10,000, which he followed up the following year with back-to-back victories in both the Australia Stakes and the Doomben 10,000.
Apache Cat retired from the track in 2009 and happily resides at Living Legends.
Late in 2020, Apache Cat’s team at Living Legends noticed an irregularity with one of his eyes, and after investigation he was diagnosed with eye cancer. Just this month Apache Cat received radiation treatment by internationally recognised equine veterinary eye specialist Dr Andrew Turner, assisted by human radiation therapist Faye Tuchtan. The operation was hailed a success and the former Australian Guineas champion will be back in his favourite paddock by this weekend.
Join us for Australian Guineas Day on Saturday 27th February to see who will win the 2021 $1,000,000 Group 1 Kennedy Australian Guineas (1600m). Find out more about the race day here.