Storm Cat – Coup de Folie by Halo | Fee R20 000



  •  Half brother to Gr1 sire MACHIAVELLIAN by world leading sire STORM CAT
  • Sire of the highest earning SA-Bred horse THE APACHE

Highdown’s most recent stallion success has been MOGOK (USA). He is by world leading sire STORM CAT, who stood for the incredible non-returnable fee of $500,000. Mogok is out of COUP DE FOLIE, one of the best NIARCHOS’ matriarchs, descending from NATALMA (dam of NORTHERN DANCER). He is a half-brother to multiple Gr1 winner and sire, MACHIAVELLIAN. At the time of purchase, the family had also produced 2004 Gp1 Arc De Triomphe winner BAGO, 2003 Gp1 Prix Marcel Boussac Royal Barriere de Deauville winner DENEBOLA and 2000 Gp1 French 1000 Guineas winner BLUEMAMBA. Mogok became an instant success siring Gr1 winners consistently.

GYPSY’S WARNING (Mogok), after two Gr1 wins and three Gr1 places was purchased by Team Valor to campaign in the USA. She won the Gr1 Matriarch Stakes, two Gr3 races, and placed in the Gr1 Beverley D and Gr1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes. GYPSY’S WARNING was sold at the 2011 Keeneland November Sale for $1.05 million, purchased by Niarchos Flaxman Holdings the breeders of MOGOK, a fitting tribute to these performances and to the esteem of MOGOK.

THE APACHE became Mogok’s second international success. Purchased for R80.000 ($8,000) by Hong Kong-based Winston Chow and trained locally by Gavin Van Zyl, the KZN-bred THE APACHE was crowned Champion Three Year Old colt (2011). He won the Gr2 Dingaans, Gr1 Daily News 2000, Gr1 Champions Cup and placed in the Gr1 Vodacom Durban July. He then stamped his passport to Dubai, notching up a win in the Gr2 Al Rashidiya and turning in two impressive Gr1 performances, running 2nd in the Gr1 Dubai Duty Free and Gr1 Jebel Hatta. Then it was on to the UK where he collected a 4th in the Gr2 York Stakes, before crossing the Atlantic to the USA Declared the unofficial winner, The Apache sadly lost the race in the boardroom.

Notable Progeny

Sire of 7 Gr1 wins, 12 Gr1 placed, 19-SWins, 44-SPlaced, 29 individual Stakes performers incl.


Gr1 winners

  • The Apache (07c – Dolpour, Jungle Cove; TFR 120) – Champion 3yo colt 2011 / in SAf – won Gr1 Champions Cup, Gr1 Daily News 2000, Gr2p / in Dubai – won Gr1 Al Rashidiya, 2nd Gr1 Dubai Duty Free, Gr1 Jebel Hatta / in UK – 4th Gr2 York S / in USA – 2nd Gr1 Arlington Million (on objection) (2013)
  • Gypsy’s Warning (05f – Royal Chalice, Caveat; TFR 117) – in USA won Gr1 Matriach S, Gr3w; 3rd Gr1 Beverly DS, Gr1 Yellow Ribbon S, / in SAF won Gr1 SA Fillies Classic, Gr1 Thekewini Fillies S, Gr3w; 3rd Gr1 Woolavington 2000, Gr1 Empress Club S, Gr1 Golden Slipper; Gr2p, Gr3p
  • Orbison (06c – Foveros, Plum Bold; MR 112) – Gr1 Champions Cup; 3rd Gr1 Durban July; SP

Gr1 placed

  • Sidestep (08c – Sportsworld, Wicked Will; MR 102)
  • Wild One (09c – Sapieha, Gate Dancer; MR 101) – 3rd Gr1 SA Derby, won Gr3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup
  • Greenacre (09c – Kentucky Slew, Argosy; MR 92) – 3rd Gr1 SA Nursery, E.Cape Nursery

Gr2/Gr3 winners

  • Alcanina (09f – Lambent Light, London Bells; MR 105) – won Gr3 Man O’War Sprint; Gr2p
  • Meadow Magic (07c – Shoe Danzig, Coastal; MR 105) – won Gr2 Emerald Cup; 3rd Gr2 November H, Gr2 Victory Moon S; SP
  • King Of Torts (09c – Piaffer, Sea Cottage; MR 98) – 3rd Gr3 Christmas Hcp
  • Corpes Da Elite (06f – Shoe Danzig, Our Casey’s Boy; MR 86) – won Gr3 Pretty Polly S.

Gr2/Gr3 placed

  • Prime Mover (06c – Al Mufti, Foveros; MR 106) – Gr3 August
  • Kingston Boy (09c – National Assembly, Jamaico; MR 102)
  • Storm Bringer (08c – Goldkeeper, Model Man; MR 100)
  • Sahara (04f – Foveros, Thatching; MR 97) – Gr3 Umzimkhulu.
  • Mogok’s Desire (09c – Royal Academy, Brief Truce; MR 95)
  • Ballito Boy (04c – Dolpour, Kenmare; MR 94) – Gr3 Byerley Turk S.
  • The Law (04c – Secret Prospector, R Prerogative; MR 94)
  • Coverley (04c – Our Casey’s Boy, Smuggler’s Joy II; MR 93)
  • Florist Rose (07f – Manshood, Nissr; MR 93)
  • Valley Of Rubies (06f – Secret Prospector, N Drive; MR 93)
  • African Dream (10f – Spaceship, Shoe Danzig; MR 89)
  • SW, SP and high MR
  • Sayadaw (04c – Foveros, Peaceable Kingdom; MR 110)
  • Cruso (05c – Gallic League, Port Merion; MR 104)
  • Moon Of Rangoon (08c – Al Mufti, Ahmad; MR 104)
  • Mr Whatever (09c – Goldkeeper, Model Man; MR 104)
  • Piano Man (09c – Western Winter, Coastal; MR 102)
  • Tomcat (04c – Secret Prospector, Danzig; MR 102)
  • Guantanamera (08c – N Assembly, Golden Thatch; MR 98)
  • Delaware Bay (10c – Rakeen, Del Sarto; MR 96)
  • Island Retreat (04c – Rakeen, Peacetime; MR 95)
  • Ruby Cartel (07f – Lode, Ringaro; MR 95)
  • Gangsta Fury (05c – Damascus Gate, Circle Home; MR 93)
  • Moggytwoshoes (08c – Damascus Gate, Tilden; MR 92)
  • Candy Tuft (05f – Roy, Mariache; MR 92)
  • Lola Bud (08f – Manshood, Nissr; MR 90)
  • Vimy Ridge (07c – Winter Romance, Al Mufti; MR 90)
  • Catview (07c – Fard, Lustra; MR 87)
  • Head Of The House (06f – Foveros, P Kingdom; MR 87)
  • Markofdistinction (08f – Maroof, Danzatore; MR 87)

“Our expectancy was obviously high because he was by world leading sire STORM CAT, and his dam COUP DE FOLIE, the very best of NIARCHOS’ quality matriachs, descending from NATALMA the dam of NORTHERN DANCER.” – Robin Scott


The brilliant performances of GYPSY’S WARNING did not go unnoticed and was duly purchased by Barry Irwin, principal of TEAM VALOR


“After a 3 Gr1 performances in Dubai, I was convinced THE APACHE could hold his own in the USA and set his sights on the Gr1 Arlington Million.” – Mike De Kock


“In the Gr1 Arlington Million, THE APACHE ran the best race of his career, beating REAL SOLUTIONS by the narrowest of margins.” – Mike De Kock


“THE APACHE is the South African Pride. He ran huge. He’s gone from South Africa to Mauritius to Dubai to England, and to America in 12 months. You can’t do that with many horses, but South African horses tend to deal with it.” – Mike de Kock