Height 16.1 hands
*As a gift to the racing fraternity, we have decided that Horse Chestnut will stand for a never to be repeated fee* 2011 stud Fee - R 15 000 live foal
About Horse Chestnut
Horse Chestnut is arguably the best racehorse to run in South Africa in the past 40 years, and South Africa’s only ever Triple Crown winner! Horse Chestnut was trained by Michael De Kock and owned by Harry and Bridgit Oppenheimer. In a short, but amazing career, Chestnut won nine of his ten career starts and earned $474,036.
His achievements included Horse of the Year in 1999; Champion 3YO Colt and Champion Male Stayer; Won from 1000m in 57.3 secs on his debut to 2450m – the SA Derby, (Gr.1) by 10 lengths. The first three-year-old in 54 years to win South Africa’s finest major, the J&B Met (Gr.1) by 8 lengths; Won the Cape Guineas (Gr.1) by 7.5 lengths. In his only start on foreign soil he won the Gr.3 Broward Handicap in Gulfstream Park by 5.5 lengths. His racing career was unfortunately curtailed due to injury and he was subsequently retired to Claiborne farm in Paris, Kentucky to stand at stud. The Prodigal son, has now returned!
“Horse Chestnut was a natural winner, a champion racer and a symbol of greatness in a nation burdened by division”
The Sunday Independent 12/2/2000
“He stands alone as Racing’s only cultural icon in the consciousness of South Africans”