Breeders Cup glory for Horse Chestnut
One of South Africa’s greatest ever champions, Horse Chestnut, made headlines at Santa Anita’s Breeders Cup meeting on Friday as the dam sire of Juvenile Turf Stakes hero Ocho Ocho Ocho.
The latter, a son of Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, took his unbeaten record to two wins from as many starts when victorious in Friday’s $100,500 Juvenile Turf Stakes.
Ocho Ocho Ocho is out of the Horse Chestnut mare Winner, and looks an exciting prospect for next season.
Horse Chestnut, whose daughters have already produced such notable performers as Suggestive Boy (G1 Frank E Kilroe Mile) and Pisco Sour (G2 Prix Eugene Adam), has enjoyed a good spell of it as a broodmare sire this year.
To date, the former Horse Of The Year’s daughters have been responsible for seven black type horses in 2014, including Smart Call, third in Saturday’s G3 Starling Stakes, and Cannock Chase (G3 Tercentary Stakes).
Sire of leading Sansui Summer Cup hopeful Bold Inspiration, Horse Chestnut was also popular at Sunday’s Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale, where his offspring fetched up to R360 000.