Ascot success for Chestnut’s grandson
Drakenstein Stud’s resident stallion Horse Chestnut tasted glory at Royal Ascot on Thursday through the deeds of his maternal grandson, Cannock Chase.
The latter, who has been described by trainer Sir Michael Stoute as a Group 1 horse, won the Group 3 Tercentenary Stakes as the 7/4 favourite.
In winning the 2000m contest, Cannock Chase (by Lemon Drop Kid out of the Horse Chestnut mare Lynwood Chase) won his third race in a row. The colt has now won three of his four outings to date, and looks a top-class prospect.
He is the second
s produced by Lynwood Chase – his full brother, Pisco Sour won the race back in 2011, before going to win the Group 2 Prix Eugene Adam.
Horse Chestnut has made a promising start to his career as a broodmare sire. Apart from Pisco Sour and Cannock Chase, he is also the damsire of the outstanding performer Suggestive Boy, a Grade One winner in both Argentina and USA.
The former SA Triple Crown winner and J&B Met hero, who began his stud career in Kentucky, has made a smart start to his South African stud career. Horse Chestnut’s first full crop, now three, including leading Vodacom Durban July hopeful Rake’s Chestnut, Zimbabwean classic winner Demitasse and Gr3 victor Chestnut’s Rocket, to name a few.
Arguably the greatest racehorse ever bred in South Africa, Horse Chestnut’s fee has been set at R25 000 for the upcoming breeding season.