Minnaloushe’s classic weekend
Maine Chance Farms’ resident stallion, Black Minnaloushe, enjoyed a tremendous weekend.
The stallion was represented by winners both locally and in Hong Kong, and is also the sire of 2014 Gr2 Betting World Gauteng Guineas winner, Louis The King.
Black Minnaloushe, whose offspring include a Breeders Cup winner and a string of champion juveniles, has certainly got a strong crop of current 3yos to his credit this season. This crop includes the sidelined Equus Champion 2YO Colt of last season, Kochka – winner of the Gr1 Premier’s Champion Stakes. Kochka, however, is not the sole Champion 2YO for his sire – who is also responsible for Jokers Wild (Champion 2YO in New Zealand) and Hollinger (Champion 2YO in Canada).
Louis The King, who is one of 30 stakes winners for his his sire, was an easy and decisive winner of Saturday’s R1 000 000 Gauteng Guineas, winning the 1600m classic by over five lengths.
In the process, he gave trainer Geoff Woodruff a rare classic double, with Woodruff having previously saddled Arcetri Pink and Not Sulking to run 1-2 in the same day’s Gr2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas.
Bred by The Alchemy and owned by Mr van Der Vyver, Louis The King was a R55 000 buy at the 2012 KZN Yearling Sale. The colt, who has now won four of his five outings, was certainly a great bargain, as he has already won over R840 000 in prize money, with the promise of plenty more to come.
Saturday’s Guineas winner is out of the unplaced Rich Man’s Gold mare Pamushana – a half-sister to the Gr3 placed winner, Silver Apples.
Black Minnaloushe’s local double was completed when daughter Polychromatic broke her maiden at Clairwood on Sunday, while in Hong Kong, Black Minnaloushe’s New Zealand bred daughter, Bernard’s Choice, won a handicap over 1200m to give her sire a memorable hatrick.
Consistently in the top ten on the general sires list, Black Minnaloushe’s offspring have been in great form over the past few weeks. His recent winners include impressive 2yo Spanish Cat, who made a winning debut at Scottsville recently for trainer Duncan Howells.
Black Minnaloushe (Storm Cat – Coral Dance) is well represented on both the March Yearling Sale and the Emperors Palace National Sale. The stallion has seven yearlings on the March Sale, which include a colt out of Gr3 winner Dancette, and a half-brother to promising 3yo, Rake’s Chestnut.
His 15 yearlings bound for the National Sale next month include a colt out of classy racemare Slinky Malinky, a half-brother to top-class filly School Assembly, and a filly out of a half-sister to champion filly Consensual.
Winner of two of Europe’s most important one mile contests, ( Irish 2000 Guineas and St James Palace Stakes), Black Minnaloushe is the sire of five Gr1 winners to date, including Breeders Cup Sprint winner Dancing In Silks.