Horse Chestnut mare stars at Keeneland
Drakenstein Stud’s successful stallion Horse Chestnut has been in the news of late, both through the deeds of his progeny and through the deeds of his broodmare daughters.
The former Horse Of The Year was back in the limelight on Tuesday when his daughter Winner was knocked down to Royal Oak Farm for $700 000 during the first session of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.
Winner, dam of Saturday’s brilliant Juvenile Turf hero Ocho Ocho Ocho as well as the Gr2 Davona Dale Stakes third Private Ensign, sold in foal to champion racehorse, and leading sire, Bernardini.
A winner herself, the aptly named and regally bred Winner had a Lemon Drop Kid colt foal this year.
Her sire, Horse Chestnut (a former Champion Broodmare Sire in Jamaica), while still a relatively young broodmare sire, is already the maternal grandsire of champions Mark My Word and Suggestive Boy, as well as the 2014 Royal Ascot winner Cannock Chase.
Horse Chestnut looks more than capable of following in his sire Fort Wood’s footsteps and heading the South African broodmare sires list as well.