1999 - 2014
High Chaparral, Sire of Summerhill resident stallion, Golden Sword, has died at Fethard Equine Hospital near Coolmore’s Irish base during exploratory colic surgery. The 15-year-old had suffered a perforated intestine.
The six-time Group 1 winning son of Sadler's Wells made just 13 starts over his two year racing career, winning 10 of those and never finishing off the board. His G1 tally, which included two Breeders’ Cup Turf victories, resulted in High Chaparral being awarded the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Male Turf Horse in 2002 and 2003, as well as being named England and Ireland’s top-rated middle distance 3-year-old, and Ireland's top-rated older horse. His European wins included the G1 Racing Post Trophy (2001), the G1 Epsom Derby (2002), the G1 Irish Derby (2002) and the G1 Irish Champion Stakes (2003). He earned almost £3.5million in his racing career.
High Chaparral retired to Coolmore Ireland in 2004 to stand alongside his sire and paternal brothers Galileo and Montjeu. His first crop included the Group winners and Group 1-placed Magadan, Unsung Heroine and Beach Bunny, and his second crop yielded the GI Northern Dancer Turf Stakes winner Redwood, who also placed in the GI Canadian International, G1 Hong Kong Vase and G1 Dubai Sheema Classic, as well as five other group winners. Golden Sword recorded Group success in the G3 Chester Vase before finishing second to triple G1 winner Fame And Glory in the G1 Irish Derby. He went on to run World Champion Sea The Stars to two lengths in the G1 Investec Derby and followed up by running the fastest 2000m in UAE history.
High Chaparral is now the sire of six Northern Hemisphere Group 1 winners, including dual Group 1 winning miler Toronado, who took last year’s G1 Sussex Stake and this year’s G1 Queen Anne Stakes, Lucky Lion, who won this year’s G1 Grosser Dallmayr Bayerisches Zuchtrennen in Germany and High Jinx who took the G1 Prix du Cadran on the Arc undercard. The sextet is completed by dual GI Northern Dancer Turf Stakes victor Wigmore Hall, GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Wrote and the highly promising Free Eagle, winner of this year’s G3 Enterprise Stakes.
As successful as High Chaparral became in the Northern Hemisphere, his greatest achievements have undoubtedly been in Australia where he stood his first Southern Hemisphere season as a replacement for Montjeu at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand in 2005.
High Chaparral’s first Southern Hemisphere crop included the horse that many predict will be his greatest legacy - the globetrotting superstar So You Think. A strapping dark bay in the mold of his sire, So You Think won his first of two G1 Cox Plates, Australia’s most historic weight-for-age contest, as a 3-year-old about a month before his true third birthday in 2009, and after sitting out the autumn he added four more Group 1s, including a Cox Plate repeat, before finishing third under top weight in the G1 Melbourne Cup. Purchased by the Coolmore partners, So You Think was expatriated to Ballydoyle collecting three European Group 1s in his first Northern Hemisphere campaign, including the G1 Coral-Eclipse and the G1 Irish Champion Stakes. So You Think repeated in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup the following May and finished off an illustrious career with a decisive score in the G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. Like his sire before him, So You Think now splits his time between Coolmore Ireland in Coolmore Australia.
High Chaparral’s Southern Hemisphere accomplishments hardly stop with So You Think though. That first crop also included G1 Caulfield Cup and G1 Caulfield Stakes hero Descarado; G1 Spring Champion Stakes and G1 Victoria Derby victor Monaco Consul and five-time Group 1 and Classic winner Shoot Out. He is also responsible for champion Dundeel, who raced as It’s A Dundeel in Australia where he collected six Group 1 wins in 2013 and 2014, including the Sydney Triple Crown of the G1 Randwick Guineas, G1 Rosehill Guineas and the G1 Australian Derby. Dundeel entered stud at Arrowfield Stud in Australia earlier this year.
High Chaparral was moved from Windsor Park Stud to Coolmore Stud in the Hunter Valley in 2010, where he stood for A$60,500 in 2014 with his yearlings averaging A$128,647 at this year’s Australasian yearling sales. He has sired a total of 61 stakes winners.
Extracts from TDN/Racing Post/Coolmore-Windsor Park/RacingFM/Telegraph/ABC/BC (p)