Impressive stakes winner for Horse Chestnut
Chestnut’s Rocket, a son of Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Horse Chestnut, was an eye catching six and a half length winner of the Listed Ibayi Stakes on Friday afternoon.
In doing so, he became the first stakes winner produced in Horse Chestnut’s first South African crop (now 3).
Bred by Arc-en-Ciel Stud, Chestnut’s Rocket was a R130 000 buy at the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Owned by Mr Lin, Chestnut’s Rocket is the first winner for the four time winning Jet Master mare, Wish On The Wind. He has now or placed in eight of his 11 career outings for trainer Vaughan Marshall, and looks unlikely to stop here.
Horse Chestnut, South Africa’s Horse Of The Year in 1998, is one of the greatest horses ever bred in South Africa.
Not only did the son of Fort Wood win the Triple Crown in brilliant style, but he also romped to a eight length victory in the Gr1 J&B Met, and won his only start in the USA, the Gr3 Broward Handicap, with consummate ease – before injury forced his retirement.
Few who were there, will ever forget witnessing Horse Chestnut demolishing his rivals to win the Gr1 SA Derby by nearly ten lengths.
He spent his first years at stud in Kentucky, where Horse Chestnut stood at the historic Claiborne Farm. To date, Horse Chestnut has been represented by a number of stakes winners, including top-class filly Lucifer’s Stone – winner of the Gr1 Garden City Breeders Cup Handicap, talented gelding Spanish Chestnut (Gr2 San Rafael Stakes) and the record-breaking, 16 time winner Smart Enough.
He has also enjoyed success as a broodmare sire, with Horse Chestnut’s daughters having produced the likes of Suggestive Boy (G1 Frank E Kilroe Mile) and Pisco Sour (G2 Prix Eugene Adam).
Horse Chestnut later returned to South Africa, where he took up stud duties at Drakenstein in 2009. He made a pleasing start to his local stud career, when his first crop produced such smart winners as Gold Prospector, Rake’s Chestnut, Zobens and now Chestnut’s Rocket.
The champion is well represented at both the March Yearling Sale and Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
His March sale draft of 14 lots includes a filly out of the well performed G3 winner Smangaliso and a filly out of smart racemare, Winning Ways.
Horse Chestnut’s eight strong draft for the National Sale includes a filly out of four time stakes winner Atlantic Storm, and half-sister to Grade 3 performer, Legislature.