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Chaparral Riding High In South Africa

Sadler’s Wells’ dual Derby winning son High Chaparral did not enjoy the longest of stud careers, dying at the age of 15.

One of his legendary sire’s very best sons, High Chaparral’s six Gr1 victories included two Derbies, two Breeders’ Cup Turf wins (one a dead-heat), and a controversial win in the 2003 G1 Irish Champion Stakes.

Nonetheless, High Chaparral enjoyed plenty of success at stud (particularly in the Southern Hemisphere), and left behind more than 130 stakes winners-including more than 20 Gr1 winners.

His runners enjoyed success in many of the world’s premier races, with High Chaparral’s progeny capturing such major races as the Melbourne Cup, Irish Champion Stakes, Coral-Eclipse, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (twice), Cox Plate (twice), Sussex Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes, and Caulfield Cup.

Atyaab cruises home with ears pricked to win the New Turf Carriers Gr2 Western Cape Stayers under Warren Kennedy (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

His six time Gr1 winning son Dundeel made headlines at Kenilworth on Saturday, when Dundeel’s Gr1 Cape Derby winning son Atyaab lifted the Gr2 New Turf Carriers Western Cape Stayers in smart fashion.

Atyaab, whose career earnings stand well over R1 000 000, is a fine local advert for Dundeel – whose latest stud fee was registered at A$66 000 -or more than R760 000.

Dundeel, whose dual Gr1 winning son Castelvecchio stands alongside him at Arrowfield, has a 100% strike rate in South Africa, with Atyaab his sole local runner here thus far.

However, Dundeel is by no means High Chaparral’s only son to make a mark in South Africa.

High Chaparral’s son Enaad was crowned the country’s Champion Stayer in 2015-2016, with Enaad capturing the Gr2 Gold Cup and Gr3 Gold Vase in 2016, before going on to enjoy further success in Mauritius.

Another son of High Chaparral, Gr3 Chester Vase hero Golden Sword, is the sire of Oaks Trial winner Belle Rose, while the sire’s ten time Gr1 winning son So You Think has been responsible for a handful of winners, from just a small number of runners, in South Africa.

Smart Chevauchee – daughter of High Chaparral

High Chaparral was also responsible for the classy South African based filly Chevauchee, who won both the Ladies Mile and Olympic Duel Stakes during her career.

Despite spending much of his stud career pigeon holed as a better sire of colts than fillies, High Chaparral’s tally of Gr1 winners include seven females who won at the highest level.

In South Africa, High Chaparral’s daughters included not only the aforementioned Chevauchee, but also Syringa Handicap heroine Being Fabulous, Michaelmas Handicap third Princess Varunya and the talented Cascapedia -victorious in all of the Gr2 Joburg Spring F&M Challenge, Gr3 London News Stakes and Gr3 Yellowwood Handicap.

Also third in the 2018 Gr1 Summer Handicap, Cascapedia earned over R2 000 000 in stakes.

With his sons Dundeel and So You Think both continuing to make their presence felt in Australasia, High Chaparral’s influence could continue to be felt in South Africa.

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