Just one day after his son Khaya’s Hope claimed the Listed Racehorse Owners Association Stakes at Fairview, Moutonshoek’s inform stallion The United States came up with another feature race winner when his classy daughter Sheela defied top weight to win Saturday’s Listed The Citizen Golden Loom Handicap (1000m) at Turffontein.
Her sire’s very first winner, and stakes winner, Sheela had to lug 60.5 kgs in Saturday’s R175 000 sprint feature but she proved well up to the task.
Under the inform S’Manga Khumalo, Sheela was always travelling strongly in the 2022 Golden Loom Handicap and, when asked the question, she kicked on nicely in the closing stages to win a shade cosily by nearly three-parts of a length.
Trained by Michael and Adam Azzie, four-year-old Sheela is owned by her breeder Drakenstein Stud.
From the first crop of The United States, Sheela has now won four of just nine starts with the filly’s earlier triumphs including the 2021 G24Racing SA Nursery and Listed Storm Bird Stakes.
Runner up in the Listed Topbet Spring Spree Stakes last time out, Sheela has now won or placed in seven stakes races, having finished second in the 2021 running of the Golden Loom Handicap.
Her sire The United States was a top-class racehorse who earned more than $2 000 000 in earnings, and who was victorious in the 2016 G1 ATC Ranvet Stakes.
One of 97 G1 winners sired by the late Galileo, The United States has five lots on offer at the upcoming November Two Year Old Sale including a colt (Lot 25) out of a nine time winning daughter of Kahal, a half-brother (Lot 47) to the useful Captain Oupie, and a filly (Lot 126) from the famous Denise’s Joy family.