Monday, August 19, 2013


Been meaning to ask this question for a while now. How did Hludowig get his name?
Before last Wednesday, the Bel Esprit speedster had compiled a tidy CV of wins and placings in Victoria, kicking off with a 2YO win back in May 2011 for Greg Eurell.
Now with Andrew Williamson and a new set of owners, Hludowig – which is evidently the Germanic form of Ludwig – won in sensational fashion at Eagle Farm last Wednesday, coming from near last turning for home. A very impressive performance and with two wins and a Doomben fourth since heading north, the Queensland sunshine is evidently suiting the now 5YO right down to the ground.
But that doesn’t help me with the origin of the name. By Bel Esprit out of Spartica (by Spartacus). The only Ludwig that springs to mind is Beethoven but a scan of the family hasn’t a symphony in sight?

Sure, I could ring the owners but where is the fun in that? And as if they care … as long as he keeps making music on race day, his name matters not a jot.

Photo by Graham Potter

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