Triple Crown winner shines

Triple Crown winner shines
Drakenstein Stud’s Triple Crown winning champion Horse Chestnut is enjoying a purple patch with his runners excelling all over Southern Africa.

From siring juvenile winners to Derby winners, Horse Chestnut’s offspring have been winning on both turf and sand.

His talented son Chestnut’s Rocket made it three wins on the trot when he was successful in the Gr3 Byerley Turk recently. The gelding, who was bred by Arc-en-Ciel Stud, is out of the four time winning Jet Master mare, Wish On The Wind.

Chestnut’s Rocket is likely to make his next start in the R600 000 Gr2 KRA Guineas, which will be run at Greyville on May 3rd.

Another smart sort produced in the champion’s first local crop (now 3) is Zimbabwean bred and based filly Demitasse. The Lisa Harris trained filly slaughtered her hapless opponents to win the Gr3 Zimbabwe Derby by an easy 6 lengths. Demitasse’s Derby win bought back memories of Horse Chestnut’s own Derby triumph – when the champion powered home to an unforgettable nine and a half length romp in the Gr1 SA Derby of 1999.

Yet another stakes winner for Horse Chestnut came in the form of the Mike de Kock trained, and Diane de Kock owned, Silent Force. The latter earned the first stakes win of her career when cantering home to a four length romp in Tuesday’s Listed Queen Of The Sand Stakes at the Vaal. Bred by Rosedene Stud, Silent Force is out of the five time winning Goldkeeper mare, Hileah.

Horse Chestnut – who like leading sire Dynasty is a son of the great sire Fort Wood-  is also enjoying his share of success as a sire of juveniles. His second crop has already produced some smart 2yo winners – most notably Balkan, who broke her maiden by an easy 6 lengths.

The former Horse Of The Year has 8 lots on offer at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale – including a half-sister to Graded Stakes performer Legislature (Lot 2), and a filly out of the stakes winning Qui Danzig mare, Miss Mischief (Lot 446).

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