Sandown Stud’s James Armitage has built up a superb record with the progeny of deceased Horse Of The Year and Triple Crown winner Horse Chestnut.
Not only did James breed Horse Chestnut’s G1 G-Bets Gauteng Summer Cup winner Tilbury Fort, but he has also produced the likes of Magnificent Seven (Algoa Cup, Settlers Trophy), talented filly Crystal Cavern (Stormsvlei Mile) and star racemare Brave Move. Sandown also bred Horse Chestnut son Winter Shadow, who is rated highly by his connections.
Between them, Tilbury Fort, Magnificent Seven, Crystal Cavern and Brave Move have won 23 races and earned more than R3.5 million!
Brave Move, a likely contender for this season’s G1 Paddock and G1 Majorca Stakes, reeled off six wins on the bounce last season, with the Adam Marcus trained Brave Move winning the G3 Final Fling Stakes and Listed Ladies Mile to confirm her status as a hugely talented and progressive performer.
Brave Move’s paternal half-brother Tilbury Fort (who became the first son of Horse Chestnut to win a G1 race in South Africa when victorious in Saturday’s Summer Cup) has now won or placed in 15 of his 22 outings, with Tilbury Fort’s previous efforts including runner up finishes in both the 2018 G2 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile and 2017 G2 Betting World 1900.
Trained by Sean Tarry for owners Messrs Currie, Jacobs, Mathen, Van Niekerk , Zoghby, Sean Tarry Racing CC and Mrs Lahoud, Tilbury Fort was a R110 000 buy from the 2015 March Yearling Sale.
James says of his respect for the late champion, “Horse Chestnut was a brilliant race horse standing at the right price and easy to use in that he was close by, he had had some success in America including a Gr1 with average mares and not a lot of opportunity. Colleen and Brave Bid suited Horse Chestnut confirmation wise and I liked the mating on the computer. Kartanya had not done well with the Mr Prospector line so I changed her to a Northern Dancer line hence Horse Chestnut. As you know there is also lots of luck involved!”
Sadly, Colleen, dam of Tilbury Fort, and Kartanya (dam of Magnificent Seven) are deceased, but happily Brave Bid (dam of the G2 Premier Trophy/G3 Victress Stakes nominated Brave Move) is still around and she is in foal to Cape Guineas winner William Longsword.