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Horse Chestnut (horse)

Horse Chestnut
Sire Fort Wood
Dam London Wall
Grandsire Sadler's Wells
Damsire Col Pickering
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1995
Country South Africa
Color Chestnut
Breeder Harry F. Oppenheimer
Owner Harry & Bridget Oppenheimer
Trainer Michael de Kock
Record 10: 9-0-1
Earnings $474,036
Horse Chestnut is a thoroughbred racehorse out of London Wall by Fort Wood. He was born around 1995 in South Africa, and was bred by Harry F. Oppenheimer.
Major wins
J&B Metropolitan Stakes (1999)
South African Derby (1999)
South African Classic (1999)
Broward Handicap (2000)
South African Horse of the Year (1999)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on April 11, 2007

Horse Chestnut (foaled August 19, 1995) is a champion thoroughbred racehorse bred in South Africa by Harry F. Oppenheimer at his Mauritzfontein Stud in Kimberley. Sired by Fort Wood who, as of 2007, has sired ten Group One winners, including Dynasty, the 2003 South African Horse of the Year. Fort Wood is a son of the British champion sire, Sadler's Wells.

Horse Chestnut was raced by Oppenheimer and his wife, Bridget. The colt won the South African Triple Crown and was awarded both the Equus Award for Horse of the Year and Champion 3-year-old Colt at three. He ran 10 races, winning 9 and being placed 3rd once. Some notable wins include the Group One J&B Metropolitan Stakes over 2000m by 8ΒΌ lengths, the Group I South African Derby over 2450m by 10 lengths and the Group I South African Classic over 1800m by 4 lengths.

Sent to race in the United States, he won the Grade III Broward Handicap at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida over 1700m by five-and-a-half lengths. During his preparation for the Group I Donn Handicap, Horse Chestnut fractured a piece of his splint bone on his near-foreleg, resulting in his early retirement from racing. The Oppenheimer's subsequently sold the majority of shares in Horse Chestnut to Seth Hancock's Claiborne Farm in Kentucky where he went to stud.

At stud, some of Horse Chestnut's most notable offspring include Lucifer's Stone, Spanish Chestnut, Smart Enough and Fete.


  • Horse Chestnut: The Story of a Legend by Mike de Kock (paperback)


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