International Celebrity: Crack Colt Apelle Now Owned by American Sportsman., Daily Racing Form, 1927-04-11


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INTERNATIONAL CELEBRITY • Crack Colt Apelle Now Owned by American Sportsman. Son of French Horse Srdanapalo and English Marc Angelina Was Bred in Italy — Conqueror of Highborn II. • SFKCIAL CORRKSPOXDKXCK LONDON, England. April 2.— Much interest will be imparted to the international char- 1 acter of racing in this country this year under Jockey Club rules by the appearance of the former Italian-owned Apelle, which waa rather a celebrity, as gauged by the present-day Continental standard, last year. Thus after winning the Grand Prix at Milan, he was dispatched to Paris to take part in the race of the same name at I-ongchamps, a week later, and he there distinguished himself by making the running at a hot pace for over three-quarters of the way. It was reported of him. too. that his railway journey from Italy had taken hours beyond scheduled time, and as the Grand Prix de Paris, run over a mile and seven-eighths in mid-summer, is a searching race for a three-year-old under the most favorable conditions, considerable merit attached to Ap-pelles performance. COSMOPOLITAN CO I.T. He was eventually bought by the American sportsman. Mr. R. McGreery. who is very well known on this side and the colt is now. I think, at Stockbridge. so that now we have to speak of Apelle as being owned by an American, bred by an Italian and trained by an Irishman, while the colt is by the French sire Sardanapale, out of an English mart, Angelina. Signor Tesio, the breeder of Apelle. Is a familiar figure in English sales paddocks. Owner of probably the most important stud in Italy, which shelters some of the choicest -bred mares, mostly of English descent, he has mated these year after year, with the best sires in this country and in France, with very successful results. Thus, the number of times he has won the Italian Derby runs into double figures, and other classic prizes galore are written to his name. Some have been won, too, by the produce of mares bought for very low prices. One such matron. Chin, by Laveno, and the dam of one of the Signors Derby winners, was picked up at Newmarket for J0. A yearling purchase of his. for ,030 a filly by Bridgv of Karn out of Dutch Mary, by William the Third ex Pretty Polly, became another classic winner. I,ikely enough, some of these races were of small importance, but Signor Tesio has also carried out successful invasions beyond the Italian border. BEAT HIGHBORN II. Two years ago, at Raden, bis home-bred horses of English descent galloped the German opposition "off the course" in a manner of speaking — this achievement at once inspiring German breeders to seek to replenish their stocks from the Rritish Isles — while last year Apelle went to Masons-Laffitte and beat Highborn II. The newcomer to English racing is by Sardanapale out of Angelina, the latter by St. Frusquin ex Seraphine, by Cyllene. Some of the Sardanapales have been of fiery temperament, and there was suggestion of Apelle having mastered his jockey, notwithstanding the troublous journey from Milan, where he set out to try and win the Grand Prix de Paris from end to end. He then finished fourth, very close up. but in justification of the contention that he ought to have done better, a much inferior stable-companion was fifth. In the autumn, however, and when the colt had changed hands, a venture over a mile and a half revealed Apelle to greater disadvantage. Along with the Grand Prix winner. Take My Tip. Asterus, and the stayers Tomy II., Priori II. and Asteroide. he was beaten very easily by Riribi. second to whom was Dorina. the last named a mare who came over to Newmarket for the One Thousand, and was much fancied, but could only show three-quarters speed. Yet this same Dorina, after losing the French One Thousand to Mackwiller. won their Oaks just as easily, and some of the three-year-old form across the water was confusing to even its most attentive students over there. The best of Apelles, however, created a very favorable impression, and if, like Asterus. he is a little excitable, it may be remembered that Sir Gallahad III. had the reputation of being difficult to restrain when he was a three-year-old. but was quite well behaved the following season. Presumably, Apelle will go for races at a mile and a half and upwards, and it will be interesting to see, in the event of both competing, what manner of lead, if any, he could shra to Coronach in the Coronation Cup.

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