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Apelle, son of Sardanapale and Angelina, was born in 1923 and was raised by Federico Tesio, who would have raised Nearco and Ribot among the many thoroughbreds.
First of all we apologize for the quality of the only photograph we found, but Apelle is a horse from the first decades of the last century and in those years the photographs were rather rare and of low quality.
Apelle was a horse without that searing ending that fans like a lot but from the outset imposes a terrifying gait, capable of stopping any resistance: an exceptional “passista”.
Apelle is the first…
Apelle is the first above average horse bred by Federico Tesio, capable of shining abroad since 1926.
He wins 14 of the 23 races in which he participates.
His racing career starts from two years and ends at five years with important successes both in Italy and abroad.
At two years of age…
At two years of age Apelle imposed himself in the Critèrium de Maisons-Laffitte.
In the same year in Italy he competed in four races and was defeated only once in the International Grand Criterium by Scopello, with the mitigating factors of the tiredness accumulated in the long journey back from France.
At three years of age…
At three years of age Apelle won both the Italian Derby and the Milan Grand Prix with the greatest of ease, but was beaten by Toce in the Parioli Prize for a mistake in the race tactics and by his teammate Cranach (Cannobie’s son) in the Gran Italy Award.
In France in the Grand Prix de Paris of the same year, Apelle ended the race among the unplaced but in fifth place buty only two lengths from the winner Take My Tip and his racing conduct was so appreciated as to induce a group of foreign owners to buy it.
It is in fact purchased by the French for 2 million francs and subsequently transferred to England where it takes to the track with the colors of Mr. R. Me Creery, establishing itself in the Sandown Anniversary Cup and in the Durham Stakes.
At five years of age…
At five years of age, Apelle has three brilliant successes by winning all three races: the Coronation Cup, the Bottisham Stakes and, for the second consecutive year, the Sandown Anniversary Cup.
In 1929 he entered the breed and also as a stallion he was able to stand out by generating good subjects, including Cappiello (Prix Lupine and Grand Prix de Paris) among males and Tofanella (mother of Tenerani, Ribot’s father) among females.
For three years he is the world leader of stallions in Europe.
In 1937 Apelle returned to Italy where he died three years later in 1940.
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