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Smart Icebreaker For Moutonshoek Sire

The United States has 6 lots at the Cape Yearling Sale

There will be plenty of interest in the six progeny of Moutonshoek stallion The United States at the Cape Yearling Sale on Sunday after the son of Galileo broke the ice at feature level in style at the Vaal on Saturday with his first ever runner.

A versatile globetrotting seven time winner from 1400m to 2500m in Ireland, Australia and Hong Kong, the Coolmore raced Gr1 winning The United States, a brother to the high-class fillies Hermosa and Hydrangea,  could not have hoped for a better start on a great afternoon for the Azzie family racing team.

Impressive! Sheela charges home under S’manga Khumalo (Pic – JC Photos)

His Drakenstein-bred daughter Sheela made her debut in mixed company in the R100 000 Listed Storm Bird Stakes which was run over 1000m at the Vaal, after Turffontein was deemed unsafe for racing.

After losing a few lengths at the start, Sheela (15-10) was relaxed under S’manga Khumalo at the rear off a fast pace.

But moving effortlessly through her field at the 350m, she drew away to beat Social Image (5-1) by 3,75 lengths in a time of 56,69 secs.

Smart Hollywood Syndicate debut winner Hope Is Power (5-1) was well beaten a further 2,75 lengths back in third.

The United States (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

The United States (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

Bred and raced by Drakenstein Stud, Sheela is out of the one-time winning stakes placed Trippi mare, Trip To India. The latter hails from the family of European Gr1 winner Continent, who struck in the July Cup and Prix de l’Abbaye, and Grand Prix de Paris scorer Zambezi Sun.

Trainer Adam Azzie said that Sheela had shown enormous promise at home and was specifically prepped for the Storm Bird Stakes.

Progeny of The United States at Sunday’s BSA Cape Yearling Sale are: #58, #120, #130, #131, #148 and #166.

The sale starts at 12h30 – see the catalogue here

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6 comments on “Smart Icebreaker For Moutonshoek Sire

  1. Hilton witz says:

    Mr editor ask Adam AZzie why he told the computaform no comment when asked about sheela but now after the race says it was prepared for the storm bird and showing enormous potential back home…Are the owners of the filly big punters?…This horse was part of every exotic bet yesterday but the punter gets shown the middle finger …Would this have been allowed in hong kong?

    1. Editor says:

      We will get hold of Mr Azzie, Hilton

    2. Editor says:

      Hi Hilton
      Spoke to Adam Azzie.
      The ‘no comment’ in the Computaform was a programatically generated status.
      Adam says that they choose not to utilise the NRB options of comments on their horses and report in full to their owners in advance of the raceday.
      He said that in the interests of the good of the sport, they are willing to be transparent with the media, and he in fact gave Julie Alexander the full pre-race rundown of their expectations and about the way Sheela was working and her well-being.
      It seems the dogs were barking for some time in advance of Saturday’s race.

  2. George McDonald says:

    He said that in the interests of the good of the sport, they are willing to be transparent with the media
    Mr. Azzie, did you also tell Julie, Sheela had shown enormous promise at home and was specifically prepped for the Storm Bird Stakes?
    If yes,then good on you.If no, then can it be said you were not interested in the good of the sport.
    So gone of the days when Michael Azzie had a good thing in his stable and he would shout it out to all that wanted to hear and even those who did not.He was very bullish.

  3. hilton witz says:

    This type of information needs to be deciminated to ALL punters long before their bets are struck not given to the tellytrack presenter to be read out so only a chosen few who happen to have their dstv on 249 at that given time can use it ..Yet again the industry shoots itself in the foot

  4. Donald Bradshaw says:

    Those 1st Timer comments in the Computaform are an absolute joke ” no comment given ” , ” nice horse may need the run ” and ” will be green ” !

    When will we get comments such as ” this horse is a champion , should win on its coconut or I will hand in my trainers licence ” or ” will be too short today but climb in over 1600 m next time out ” ?

    Now that is what I call a comments with substance !

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