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Lion Cavern
gelding back on top

APACHE Cat took his earnings to close to the A$4m mark on Saturday with a dominant display to takethe Group 1 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley in Australia.

The popular white-faced chestnut, who was landing back to back renewals of the 6f race, is now the winner of seven Group 1 races.

Apache Cat is by far thebest representative of the deceased Lion Cavern, a Grade 2-winning brother to Gone West who commenced stud duties in 1994 at Dalham Hall Stud.

Although a useful stallion in Europe - the Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Crimplene and the high-class sprinter Harmonic Way (now at stud in Greece) were the best of his representatives during his time in Newmarket - Lion Cavern did not live up to expectations and was transferred to Wimbledon Farm in Kentucky in 2002.

He also shuttled to Lynden Park Stud in Victoria, Australia for three seasons between 2000 and 2002.

Lion Cavern was sold to Elia Stud Farm in Greece in 2005 but sadly died following an attack of colic shortly after his arrival.

Apache Cat is one of six winners out of Tennessee Blaze, a multiple-winning daughter of Whiskey Road. While there are plenty of winners throughout the gelding's family, Apache Cat is the only stakes winner within the first six generations.

Stakes wins for shuttle sires

Rathmuck Stud's Danroad was on the Group 2 mark when Down The Road won the Championship Stakes at Ellerslie in New Zealand. The three-year-old gelding is the second stakes winner for the son of Danehill following Group 1 hero Rockdale.

In Australia, Rock Of Gibraltar's Rock Me Baby landed the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes at Randwick Park. Thethree-year-old filly is a daughter of the Highest Honor mare Highest Cool.

Captain Rio and Choisir were also represented by new southern hemisphere Listed winners in Alegrio and Horizons respectively, while Shamardal was represented by his first black-type performer when Marquardt ran third in the Listed Widden Stakes.




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