Is Sweet Lou laying claims to becoming the heir apparent?

By Gary Newton

Bettors Delight, Art Major, and Captaintreacherous are the big three stallions down under but there is a new kid on the block looking to take the mantle of the leading sire in this part of the world his name is SWEET LOU.

Shuttling to Woodlands Stud in the north island of New Zealand, Sweet Lou turned up in the 2015/16 breeding season and being by an unheralded sire in Yankee Cruiser despite his strong material line headed by his dam the USA Hall of Fame Broodmare Sweet Future, its fair to say Sweet Lou had his doubters.

His maternal line is one of the USA’s strongest with his half-brother being $2.7 million winner and World Champion Bettor Sweet (Bettor’s Delight) and half-sister 1.51.1 mare Sweet Paprika (Artiscape)

Here in Australia only had 18 live foals that year with West Australian filly Double Expresso while across the ditch Spirit Of St Louis headed Sweet Lou’s first crop.

In fact, Sweet Lou was crowned the leading first season sire in both New Zealand and Australia in the 2018/19 season.

Sweet Lou’s Group 1 winners Never Ending, Steno join Double Expresso and Spirit Of St Louis in that list.

Since his initial crop in the southern hemisphere Sweet Lou, “the Great White Blaze” has left 176 individual winners, but his stats in the last couple of seasons have made breeding experts sit up and take notice.

Why this season alone with two-year-old racing just getting started Sweet Lou has rocketed to the top of the list with four winners from six starters, and he heads the current three-year-old list with 13 winners already and we are not two months into the season.

On the overall sire’s list, Sweet Lou currently has 68 winners and sits in third overall behind Bettors Delight and Art Major, Captaintreacherous is currently placed in seventh.

In New Zealand, he has sired 420 winners who have accumulated $5,572,361 in stakes.

Let us take a quick look at his achievements in North America Sweet Lou has sired two Little Brown Jug winners Lou’s Perlman and It’s My Show along with world champions Confederate and the super mare Warrawee Beauty.

From 525 starters Sweet Lou has left 426 winners in 2.00 and 349 in 1.55 and less banking $59,625,639 in prizemoney.

His yearlings this year have sold quite well leading owner Micheal Boots has paid $60,000 for a colt in APG’s Melbourne Boots and also picked up another colt at Their Gold Coast sale for the same price, while in New Zealand Jill and Steve Stockman’s Stonewall Stud has paid $95,000 each for two colts, it is expected with Nutrien main two sales Sydney and Melbourne and APG’s Sydney and Perth buyers will be out with their cheque books looking to take home a Sweet Lou.

It is a feasible statement to say that Sweet Lou may become the heir apparent as the elder statesmen Bettors Delight and Art Major have their books restricted due to their age and the Captaintreacherous is restricted to frozen semen.

And with Full Book sign and his Australian book the future is bright for the outcrossed stallion, The breeding season just finished Sweet Lou served a total of 414 mares – 264 in New Zealand and 150 in Australia, before heading back to North America for their 2024 season.


Sweet Lou served 414 mares – 264 in New Zealand and 150 in Australia in 2023/24 breeding season.
Spirit Of St Louis a millionaire son of Sweet Lou.
Never Ending photo PacePix