He may be gone, but the legendary Horse Chestnut continues to make his presence felt.
The greatest son of champion sire Fort Wood was represented by a major G1 winner as a broodmare sire when Lemon Drop Kid colt Cannock Chase landed the spoils in Sunday’s G1 Pattison Canadian International.
Former Canadian Horse Of The Year Up With The Birds took second, with David Simcock’s former G1 winner Sheikhzayedroad finishing well for third.
Winning jockey Ryan Moore said: “Everything happened nicely, he picked up really well.
“He’s a good horse, he’s had a few niggly issues this year, but the boss brought him along slowly and I’m delighted he’s done the job today.”
He added: “I’m very lucky, I get to ride for the best people, I just have to sit out of trouble most of the time and they win. He won easy.”
The four-year-old took his tally to five wins from just ten outings as he provided winning jockey Ryan Moore with his third consecutive win in the prestigious race.
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Cannock Chase (out of the Horse Chestnut mare Lynwood Chase), who is a full brother to G2 Prix Eugene Adam winner Pisco Sour, has now won three stakes races, with his previous stakes wins including the G3 Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Horse Chestnut, whose daughters include the G1 winners Lucifer’s Stone (Garden City BC Hcp) and Chestnuts N Pearls (G1 Golden Slipper), has already made a name for himself as a highly successful broodmare sire.
Not only is the former Triple Crown winner damsire of Cannock Chase and Pisco Sour, but he is also broodmare sire of G1 winners Suggestive Boy (Frank E Kilroe Mile) and last season’s G1 Woolavington 2000 winner Smart Call, to name but two. He is also damsire of talented US speedster Ivan Fallunovalot (who is expected to compete in this month’s G1 TwinSpires Breeders Cup Sprint), and G1 Kentucky Derby runner Ocho Ocho Ocho.