Apache Chase - First Group 1 for Desleigh Forster and Better Than Ready

Mark Smith - Saturday May 28

The day's biggest cheer at Eagle Farm was reserved for Desleigh Forster after Apache Chase credited the hugely popular trainer with a maiden Group 1 triumph in the Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m).

A 4-horse war (image Grant Cortney)

Jim  Byrne took no prisoners on the 4yo son of Better Than Ready gelding, leading at every call to defeat Godolphin's admirably honest Dawn Approach (IRE) colt Paulele by a head with the Fastnet Rock gelding Eleven Eleven a nose back in third.  

Apache Chase has placed in the $200,000 The Buffering, $1million Magic Millions Cup, and $400,000 The Archer since winning the $250,000 The Gateway at Eagle Farm in December.

With a pair of Group III and Listed wins already in the bag, Apache Chase advances his record to nine wins, two seconds, and three thirds from 22 starts, with earnings a tick under $2million.

“All I said to J Byrne was ‘don’t go slow’. Use his speed, use his gate, dig him and send him, get to the 3 (300m) and let him go,” Forster said.

“If they are good enough to run past him, they are good enough, but if they are not, too bad. They weren’t a hope, they just left him in front, and he just walked.

“He means the world to me.

“Thanks to (owner) Michael Sherrin. He’s sitting in my office having a drink I suppose, watching on his own in the office. No doubt he will celebrate with me later.

“They’ve been so good to me. They’ve trusted me with this horse. We could of sold this horse 18 months ago.

“Mike said ‘do you think he can win a Group 1?’. I said ‘yeah’.

“I’ve only got a small team. I can name them all on one hand. This is for everyone. My Mum will be ecstatic. She’ll probably be on the couch crying.

“I dared to dream. I thought if a horse could do me a Group 1, this horse would.”

Well deserved pat from grateful trainer (image Grant Courtney)

Purchased by his owner Michael Sherrin for $50,000 out of the Eureka Stud draft at the 2019 Gold Coast March Yearling Sale, Apache Chase is the eleventh and final foal of Silken Whisper (USA).

The daughter of Diesis was 20yo when she foaled Apache Chase, who is a half-brother to Churchill Downs.

That son of Danehill won the 2006 Group II MVRC Bill Stutt Stakes and was runner-up to Mirror Mirror in the Magic Millions 2yo Classic,

Apache Chase credits Lyndhurst Stud’s prolific More Than Ready (USA) stallion Better Than Ready with his first Group 1 winner.



Race Result - Tab Kingsford-Smith Cup Gr1 1300m

Eagle Farm Track: Good(3) Time: 1:16.39
Apache Chase
T: Desleigh Forster J: J Byrne 59
4g Better Than Ready (AUS) x Silken Whisper (USA) (Diesis (GB))
T: James Cummings J: J B Mc Donald 57
3c Dawn Approach (IRE) x Chatoyant (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
Eleven Eleven
T: G D Hickman J: J Bowman 59
5g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Smokin' Alice (USA) (Smoke Glacken (USA))
Fastnet Rock
Inglis February (Early) Online Sale $40,000
B: Gdh Racing
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $680,000
V:Edinburgh Park Wingham NSW
B: China Horse Club/Newgate Bloodstock
T: R L Heathcote J: James Orman 59
4g Rothesay (AUS) x Huss On Fire (NZ) (Hussonet (USA))
September Run
T: C J Waller J: Craig Williams 57
4m Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Pittsburgh Flyer (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Brooklyn Hustle
T: J Warren & D Krongold J: Jamie Kah 57
5m Starspangledbanner (AUS) x Joint Aspiration (GB) (Pivotal (GB))
T: S O'Dea & M Hoysted J: Boris Thornton 59
7g Snitzel (AUS) x Rose Of Mulan (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
Private Eye
T: Joseph Pride J: B Avdulla 59
4g Al Maher (AUS) x Confidential Queen (AUS) (Shamardal (USA))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $16,000
V:Goodwood Farm, Murrurundi, NSW
B: Gregory McFarlane Racing
T: T J Gollan J: Ryan Maloney 57
4m Deep Field (AUS) x Great Dansaar (AUS) (Choisir (AUS))
Away Game
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: John Allen 57
4m Snitzel (AUS) x Elusive Wonder (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
T: M W Walker J: O P Bosson 57
5m Tavistock (NZ) x Marcey's Belt (AUS) (Golan (IRE))
Laws Of Indices
T: Annabel Neasham J: Rachel King 59
4h Power (GB) x Sampers (IRE) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
T: G Ryan & S Alexiou J: N Rawiller 59
4h Spill The Beans (AUS) x Love Of Liberty (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
Signore Fox
T: P & P Snowden J: Ben Thompson 59
6h Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Sharp Susan (USA) (Touch Gold (USA))
T: Annabel Neasham J: Brodie Loy 59
7h Declaration Of War (USA) x Super Pie (USA) (Pivotal (GB))
Wild Planet
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: W Pike 59
6g Animal Kingdom (USA) x Salutations (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
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