Cape bred wins SASCOC Triple Crown
Robertson farm, The Alchemy, are the breeders of South Africa’s latest racing sensation Louis The King.
The latter made history at Turffontein on Saturday when he won the Gr1 SA Derby by one length from As You Like.
In doing so, Louis The King became just the second horse in history to win the Triple Crown, having won the Gr2 Gauteng Guineas and the Gr1 SA Classic previously.
In landing the SASCOC Triple Crown Louis The King picked up a R2 000 000 bonus.
The son of Black Minnaloushe has now earned over R5.3 million in prize money, and has won six of his seven outings to date. “Louis”, who returned to a rapturous reception following his Derby victory, has been nominated to the 2014 Vodacom Durban July. The fairy story colt has become one of the best loved horses in training, and has already amassed a huge following, and Louis The King’s rags to riches story has already plenty of lustre to the 2013-2014 racing season.
Louis The King is one of the great fairy tales of the South African turf. He cost just R55 000 at the 2012 KZN Yearling Sale – which makes the colt one of the great bargains of all time. The colt, who is out of Rich Man’s Gold mare Pamushana, is owned by Mr van Der Vyver , and is trained by Geoff Woodruff.
Louis The King’s SA Derby win also gave red-hot sire, Black Minnaloushe, a quick fire classic double. The Black Minnaloushe sired filly Ash Cloud won up the Gr1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks two races earlier.
In doing so, Ash Cloud became the seventh Grade One winner sired by Black Minnaloushe, whose 32 stakes winners include the champions Kochka, Jokers Wild and Hollinger, as well as former Breeders Cup Sprint winner Dancing In Silks.