Sorrento Stud’s well performed young stallion Louis The King made the perfect start to his stud career when his very first runner made an impressive winning debut at Durbanville racecourse on Saturday.
Matthew The King became Louis The King’s very first runner/winner when he bolted up at the first time of asking to win by two and a quarter lengths when victorious over 1250m.
Bred by The Tawny Syndicate, the Greg Ennion trained colt was ridden to victory by MJ Byleveld.
Matthew The King was produced by the Toreador mare Changing Heart, and he looks a cracking prospect for his sire Louis The King.
The latter, one of the best horses of his generation, captured South Africa’s Triple Crown at three when Louis The King won all of the G2 Gauteng Guineas, G1 SA Classic and G1 SA Derby in 2014.
The Storm Cat grandson trained on well to down nine graded stakes winners to capture the following season’s G1 Sansui Summer Cup, before going on to finish second, to subsequent Horse Of The Year Futura, in the 2015 G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.
Louis The King, a direct descendant of one of history’s greatest mares in the form of Pretty Polly, retired to stud having won seven of 15 starts (he also won the 2014 Listed Sea Cottage Stakes) and earned in excess of R5 000 000 in stakes.
A son of Irish 2000 Guineas winner Black Minnaloushe, Louis The King has a single lot on offer at the 2020 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale –a colt (Lot 77) out of a 4 time winning half-sister to G1 Mercury Sprint winner Disappear.