Geoff Woodruff’s stable star is set to stand at stud at Sorrento Stud. Triple Crown winner Louis The King will be managed by Kerry Jack for his new career.
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“I am proud and honoured to announce that Kerry Jack Bloodstock has been awarded the stallion management of Louis The King, South Africa’ second-only Triple Crown winner, a racehorse of the highest quality whose rare track talent we are confident will be transposed to his offspring,” said Jack.
KJB’s management of Louis The King’s stud career follows negotiations with his owners, Tiaan & Louis van der Vyfer, whose excitement about his future at stud is contagious. ‘Louis’ will stand at Terry and Annabel Andrews’ Sorrento Stud in Agter-Paarl, Western Cape, a beautiful new home fit for a King!
Louis The King, by Black Minnaloushe out of Pamushana, by Rich Man’s Gold, stands 16.1 hands and has an exceptionally laid back temperament. He became the first Triple Crown Winner since Horse Chestnut in 1999 and only the second in history.
Winning the Triple Crown is rare as a horse must be champion at every distance and few horses have that range, plus they must be tough and consistent to remain at peak form over seven weeks. Louis the King’s key point is his incredible temperament, plus the great ability he possessed to find another gear and accelerate on the racetrack.
Hugely versatile, Louis The King won six of his seven starts at three years, from 1400m to 2400m, including the Gr2 Gauteng Guineas by more than 5 lengths, the Gr1 SA Classic and the Gr1 SA Derby. At the end of his three-year-old career he was beaten just over a length into third by Champion & Horse of the Year, Legislate, in the Gr1 Daily News.
Then, at four, ‘Louis’ truly crowned his career when winning the Gr1 Sansui Summer Cup. A few months later he finished second to Futura in the Gr1 Queen’s Plate, beaten 0.75-lengths. His racing career was subsequently cut short due to injury.
Louis The King’s stallion career will be launched at the TBA Complex on 25 April, and we will have a Stallion Brochure available within the next few days. If you require an electronic copy, which includes his pedigree and prospects analysis, please mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org.