Sorrento Stud will welcome former SASCOC Triple Crown winner Louis The King in 2016. The multiple Grade One winner is currently being syndicated between 45 share holders, with limited shares available in Louis The King available for R35 000.
In order to ensure Louis gets good numbers on the ground, share holders will be able to send two mares for the first three seasons.
Louis The King will stand his first season for a fee of R10 000 (R2 000 nom and R8 000) live foal.
Bred by The Alchemy, Louis The King was an outstanding racehorse, who became the first since Horse Chestnut to win South Africa’s Triple Crown.
Trained by Geoff Woodruff, Louis made an instant impression when winning his first two races, over 1400m and 1700m, by more than four and a half lengths. After suffering a surprise defeat next time out, the colt made it four wins on the bounce when landing four consecutive feature races. Louis The King’s foursome began with a three and a quarter length defeat of subsequent G2 winner Heart Of A Lion in the Listed Sea Cottage Stakes. He then won the first leg of the Triple Crown when routing G1 Golden Horseshoe winner Forest Indigo by five and a quarter lengths in the G2 Gauteng Guineas, and followed up with his first G1 score when outfighting the brilliant but ill-fated Mister Cricket in the G1 SA Classic.
Louis The King then bought off an historic treble when he won the G1 SA Derby to become the first colt in 15 years to win South Africa’s Triple Crown.
He trained on well to ran third in the G2 Charity Mile at four, before picking up a second G1 win when accounting for a star studded field to land the G1 Sansui Summer Cup. Louis The King confirmed his quality by then finishing second to subsequent Horse Of The Year Futura over 1600m at Kenilworth in the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.
As versatile as he was brilliant, Louis The King, who earned over R5 000 000 in prize money, won from 1400 to 2450m and accounted for the best of his generation.
Among the G1 winners beaten by the champ were Athina, Captain America, Forest Indigo, Gold Onyx, Legislate, Power King and Wavin’ Flag.
At the end of 2014, Louis The King received an international rating of 116, which saw him rated equal to such top class international performers as Bobby’s Kitten (G1 BC Turf Sprint), Commissioner (2nd G1 Belmont Stakes), Gallante (G1 Grand Prix de Paris), Gordon Lord Byron (G1 George Ryder Stakes), Itsmyluckyday (G1 Woodward Stakes), and Shooting To Win (G1 Caulfield Guineas). He also received the same rating as G2 Great Voltigeur winner Postponed, who went on to land the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2015.
One of eight G1 winners for Storm Cat’s son Black Minnaloushe, Louis The King is out of the Rich Man’s Gold mare Pamushana –a daughter of G3 Poinsettia Stakes winner Milden Magic.
This is also the family of Listed Winter KZN Guineas Trial hero Extrapolator, and Louis The King traces back directly in female line to the legendary Pretty Polly.
The latter won 22 races including the 1000 Guineas, Oaks, St Leger, Champion Stakes and Coronation Cup (twice) and is the head of a remarkable dynasty, with her numerous top class descendants including champion sires Great Nephew, Nearctic and Sybil’s Nephew (also sire of Louis’ fifth dam Anglice).