Chestnut daughter makes news overseas
Drakenstein Stud’s successful resident sire Horse Chestnut has certainly enjoyed a good run of success as a broodmare sire.
Not only is the former Horse Of The Year sire of promising US Triple Crown contender Ocho Ocho Ocho (who is set to make his 3yo debut in the Gr2 San Felipe Stakes on March 7th), but he is also the broodmare sire of an exceptionally promising US based sprinter.
The Valid Expectations gelding Ivan Fallunovalot made it five wins from his last six outings when he scooted up to land Saturday’s King Cotton Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
The 5yo gelding is likely to be pointed towards the Gr3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap in April, while Ivan Fallunovalot (who is out of the Horse Chestnut matron Flashdance Missy) looks set to take his place in some of North America’s bigger sprints later this year.
Trained by Tom Howard, the King Cotton was the 5yo’s ninth career win from just 15 outings and Ivan Fallunovalot looks on course for bigger and better things.
Horse Chestnut, also damsire of the graded/group winners Suggestive Boy, Cannock Chase, Pisco Sour and Ol’ Fashion Gal, looks to be following in the footsteps of both his sire, Fort Wood, and grandsire, Sadler’s Wells –with both stallions going on to become champion broodmare sires.
To date, daughters of Horse Chestnut have produced the winners of over $7.568 million, with the top earner being high class Grade 1 winner Suggestive Boy.