Quick double for Chestnut!
The legendary Horse Chestnut was represented by the first winner from his first local crop of 2yos on Wednesday evening. His son Chestnut’s Rocking (bred by Arc-en-Ciel Stud) ran out an impressive two and a quarter length winner over 1600 metres to give inform trainer, Vaughan Marshall, yet another juvenile success.
Horse Chestnut is regarded by many experts as the greatest racehorse ever bred in South Africa.
The very first runner, and winner, for his sire Fort Wood, Horse Chestnut won eight of his nine local starts. His wins included the Triple Crown – which then consisted of the Cape Guineas, SA Classic and SA Derby. The latter race saw Horse Chestnut thrash subsequent Equus Champion Young Rake by a stunning nine and three quarter lengths.
Horse Chestnut also made history when he became the first 3yo to win the J&B Met. This he did in scintillating fashion, beating July winner and champion Classic Flag by eight lengths!
He was duly named Equus Champion and Horse of the Year as a 3yo.
Exported to North America, Horse Chestnut won his only start there, the Gr3 Broward Handicap by five and a half lengths, but broke down shortly afterwards and was retired to stud.
Retired to Claiborne Farm in Kentucky, Horse Chestnut sired a number of classy performers in North America prior to returning to the home of his birth in 2009.
Horse Chestnut’s top US runners include Lucifer’s Stone (Gr1 Garden City Handicap), Spanish Chestnut (Gr2 San Rafael Stakes) and Askbut I’wonttell (Gr3 Cardinal Handicap). He is also broodmare sire of the US Gr1 winner Suggestive Boy.
Less than 48 hours after registering his first winner from his first local crop, Horse Chestnut had his second winner, when Luv U Babes won a good race at Arlington.
Horse Chestnut’s previous winner, Chestnut’s Rocket, won impressively at Greyville on Wednesday evening.
He stood last season at Drakenstein Stud for a stud fee of R15,000.