Moutonshoek’s beautifully bred Galileo horse The United States made headlines on Friday when his talented three-year-old son Khaya’s Hope ran out a comfortable winner of the Listed Racehorse Owners Association Stakes (1600m) at Fairview.
One of seven winners on the nine race card for trainer Gavin Smith, the gelded Khaya’s Hope had impressed when winning the Racehorse Owners Association Plate last time out by three and a half lengths and was thus sent off a well backed favourite for Friday’s Listed feature.
Given a great ride by Keagan De Melo, Khaya’s Hope hit the front someway from home and kept galloping strongly in the closing stages to claim his first Listed success by three-parts of a length.
Bred and owned by Khaya Stables, Khaya’s Hope has now won three of nine starts, with the three-year-old also having finished second in last season’s Listed Champion Juvenile Cup and third in the Listed World Sports Betting Dahlia Plate and Listed East Cape Nursery.
Out of the Danehill Dancer mare Miss Khaya, Khaya’s Hope is bred on a similar cross to such notable G1 winners as Alice Springs, Minding, Serpentine, Sovereign, Tuesday, and The Gurkha.
He is one of several promising three-year-olds representing his G1 Ranvet Stakes winning sire this season, with The United States also responsible for G2 Epol Umkhomazi Stakes runner up Sun Blushed and the promising pair of East Coast and Tyrconnell.
By the same sire as outstanding sires Frankel and Teofilo, The United States is from the same female line as 2022’s group winning fillies Fancy Me and Fonteyn to name but two.