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Louis Shows He Is King

New sire off the mark - Louis The King

The 2014 SA Triple Crown winner Louis The King got off the mark as a first crop sire in the best way possible when his first ever runner, Matthew The King, scored an emotionally charged victory on debut at Durbanville on Saturday.

Bred by the Tawny Syndicate, the 2yo colt was given a typically professional ride by MJ Byleveld to win for trainer Greg Ennion and Krugersdorp-based owner Rocky Warby.

Louis The King (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

Matthew The King beat the 2-1 favourite Sh Boom by a facile 2,25 lengths in a time of 75.78 secs. Not a bad effort considering he was racing off two gallops and his veteran trainer was ‘not expecting too much from him, beyond a place’.

He is out of the three-time winning Toreador mare, Changing Heart, who was also race by the Warby family in the care of Greg Ennion.

Louis The King, a son of Black Minnaloushe, stands at Sorrento Stud.

The winner is named after Matthew Warby, who suffered from two heart conditions from birth. He  died aged 23 in February 2014.

Owned by the Van der Vyver’s, Louis The King was the first SA Triple Crown winner to go  to stud after Horse Chestnut.

He stood for a fee of R8 000 last year.

Louis The King has a colt (#77) offered by Avontuur at the delayed National Yearling Sale in May.

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3 comments on “Louis Shows He Is King

  1. Seattle Slew says:

    It’s a pity Louis the King’s career ended on such a low note due to haemo-concentration. I don’t think we quite appreciate just how good this fellow was at his best. I’ll always have happy memories not just of the Triple Crown but also his Summer Cup win under 59.5kg. His third in the Daily News 2000, coming so soon after his Triple Crown exertions and having no luck in running, was also full of merit. I’m finding it hard to imagine him as a super-successful sire, but I’ll be delighted for him to prove me wrong and really pleased to see him get off the mark so quickly.

  2. Sue Botha says:

    The foals I have seen of his are beautifully put together. Good looking, powerful and athletic. Let’s hope that translates into successful race careers.

  3. Les Taylor says:

    Well done rocky you deserve every success that comes your way indeed a gentleman and a family man to the end

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