He’s been part of the Australian Group racing scene for a few seasons and a horse none of us will forget, but it occurred to me after his recent Group One wins in the Lightning Stakes and Saturday’s Australia Stakes that you don’t get to read all that much about Apache Cat’s pedigree.

Click here to watch the Timbercorp Australian Stakes 2008.

For that reason, Alan Porter’s article on the horse’s breeding background, written last Spring, is well worth a revisit this morning.

In doing so, I found myself taking closer note of Alan’s observation that the nearest stakeswinner from Apache Cat’s female family was the dual Oaks winner of the mid-sixties, Farmer’s Daughter.

Farmer’s Daughter was well named, as the SDB’s Latin scholars will recall, being a second crop daughter of the Precipitation stallion Agricola, a half-brother to Lord Derby’s mighty Alycidon.

Agricola had made a very bright start to his stud career in New Zealand with the stakeswinners Bahram Star, Pyramus and Te Parae in his initial 1962 foal crop, but the exploits of his second crop, headed by the top class stayer General Command and the classic winner, Farmer’s Daughter, followed by the great mare Lowland and T. J.’s excellent WFA performer Roman Consul in his third, propelled Agricola to the top of the stallion tree. He was Champion Australian Sire in 1967/68.

Farmer’s Daughter kicked off her racing career promisingly enough, with a second placing in open company over 5 furlongs at Victoria Park in Adelaide in August of her three year old year. Also in that race were two of Bart’s all time greats (Cummings, The Cups King), Galilee and Storm Queen. Both were unplaced !

Farmer’s Daughter broke her duck (I could have written: “She was only the farmer’s daughter, but she lost her maiden status…..”) in the VRC Oaks defeating What Fun, and the Wakeful winner Star Belle into the placings. Imposing’s dam, Hialeah, was fourth and would win the Sandown Guineas (with Storm Queen third) at her next start.

That Oaks back in 1966 is most famous for the mammoth plunge on runner-up What Fun by her owner, Sir Frank Duval, the Hong Kong Tiger. From memory, What Fun failed by about a neck to run past the hitherto maiden Farmer’s Daughter. Sir Frank’s thoughts from that day  have never been made public.

It is not so easy picking up the threads of Farmer’s Daughter’s stud career and to all intents and purposes, her line seems to have disappeared entirely.

But there is that link to Apache Cat.

John Hutchinson - Stallions Daily Bulletin