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Today's Racing : 19th September 2014 - Fairview , Greyville (night), International

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Horse Chestnut is ready for action
Racingweb report that the great Horse Chestnut is now fully settled back in South Africa at Gaynor Rupert’s pristine Drakenstein Stud in the Franschoek district.
The bay son of Fort Wood is preparing for his first season at stud in his country of birth, for which 60 mares have filled his book.
Now 14, the striking Horse Chestnut, who carries the same presence as when he left our shores in 1999, stood for almost nine years at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky.
Horse Chestnut stood with world famous stallions like Unbridled, Seeking The Gold, Arch and Pulpit.
He sired 70% winners in his first four crops in the US and the bulk of his best winners were on turf, which really placed him outside of mainstream American racing.
He produced 137 individual winners of 323 races, amongst them a respectable nine stakes winners of 20 stakes races including the Gr 1 turf winner Lucifer’s Stone ($405,000), and the very tough Graded Stakes winner Smart Enough ($715,413), as well as Spanish Chestnut ($305,970) and Duveen ($264,876).
Ross Fuller, Stud Master at Drankenstein said: “Horse Chestnut goes for long walks every day and he spends time on his own in our paddocks. We’ve seen his big fluent action in the paddock when he runs around a bit.”
Horse Chestnut, gentle and well-behaved, stands in the same barn as Drakenstein’s other resident stallion Trippi, who sired a Royal Ascot winner earlier this year.
The well-built Trippi is younger and more of a handful than his stable mate.
Trippi, at 12, has already sired progeny to have won well over US$16 million. A former leading sire in Florida, USA, he produces 75 winners to runners. Many of them develop quickly.
Drakenstein, originally a vineyard, was changed into a stud farm over a period of four years and it is truly a magnificent operation.
Fuller adds: “It is our aim to be come one of the big players in the industry and let me tell you Gaynor Rupert herself is not scared of getting her hands dirty - she loves to work in the foaling barns when the new foals arrive.”

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