El Rey Viene is a gelding by William Longsword, out of the Qui Danzig mare Brave Bid. Purchased by the Hollywood Syndicate at the National Yearling Sales 2021, he was bred by Sandown Stud.
Name: EL REY VIENE
Name Meaning: Spanish for “The King is Coming” The words were written on Tyson Fury’s cap before his fight against Deontay Wilder in their third fight. Tyson Fury, whose nickname is the Gypsy King, duly delivered with a victory.
Named By: Devin Heffer
Sex: Bay Gelding
Sire: William Longsword
Mare: Brave Bid
Dam Sire: Qui Danzig (USA)
Breeder: Sandown Stud
Trainer: Duncan Howells
Previous Name: King’s Rhapsody
Purchased: National Yearling Sale 2021
Pedigree: View here
The dam BRAVE BID, 3 wins, R205,900, at 4, 1200 – 1450m, placed 11 times; dam of 4 previous foals; 3 runners; 2 winners inc.:
BRAVE MOVE (13 f. by Horse Chestnut): 7 wins, R622,450, at 3 to 4, 1400 – 1800m, inc. Final Fling Stakes, Gr.3, Ladies Mile, L, placed 5 times.
Record Bid (12 c. by Windrush (USA)): winner, R78,750, at 4, 2000m, placed 9 times.
UPDATES – El Rey Viene
April 16th, 2023
Raced over 2400m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville in the Non-Black Type WSB Highland Night Cup. Finished 6th out of 7 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: I feel that this was not the right race for him as a 3-year-old. He didn’t disgrace himself. He got squeezed at the 300m, and if it wasn’t for that, he would have finished in the money.
March 19th, 2023
Raced over 1750m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. Finished 2nd out of 9 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Good run, the pace was too slow for him. Keagan said he should have gone earlier in the straight and felt that if he did, he would have won.
February 22nd, 2023
Raced over 1750m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. Finished 5th out of 13 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He over raced in the early part of the race with no cover. He is better than that performance.
November 30th, 2022
Raced over 1800m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the turf. Finished 3rd out of 10 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Good first run out of the maidens. Keagan de Melo may have made a bit too much use of him in the early part of the race. He will improve a lot from the run.
September 25th, 2022
347 – EL REY VIENE wins the Star Merchant Maiden Plate over 1800m at Hollywoodbets Greyville. He was very green in running, but was given a great ride by Winning Form-sponsored Keagan de Melo to get the better of fellow Syndicate runner Atlantic City. The son of William Longsword is trained by Hollywoodbets-sponsored Duncan Howells and bred by Mr G J Armitage.
September 4th, 2022
Raced over 1600m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. Finished 7th out of 12 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Very green on the turn. He lost his position because he was very nervous around the bend. He needs racing to improve.
August 24th, 2022
He had a fair first start bearing in mind that he is looking for much further. As discussed, we will look for a 1600m for his next start. He has shown improvement in his work over the last few weeks and I feel that he will show more improvement from run to run.
August 14th, 2022
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. Finished 10th out of 14 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Very green, he had no speed and stayed on at the finish. He will be much better over further next time as that’s what he is looking for.
May 6th, 2022
Comment from Duncan Howells:
El Rey Viene has grown a lot. Good action and very balanced. I expect a late 2yr old and nice 3yr.