The United States On The Mark Again

Sheela weaves the golden loom

Just 24 hours after his son Khaya’s Hope won the Listed ROA  Stakes at Fairview, Moutonshoek’s beautifully bred Galileo horse The United States was in the news again at Turffontein on Saturday when his quicksilver daughter Sheela lumped topweight to beat the boys in the R175 000 The Citizen Listed Golden Loom Handicap.

It’s been quite some time between the champagne for the 4yo Drakenstein home-bred, a winner of the 2021 4Racing Gr2 SA  Nursery.

Smanga Khumalo steers Sheela to victory (Pic – JC Photos)

But the good-looking chestnut was primed to fire here and she duly delivered under Smanga Khumalo to produce a meritorious performance under her 60,5kgs.

Showing plenty of her signature pace, Sheela was easy to back at 9-2 and was always in the firing line. She took off late to hold the  persistent Constable (10-1), who was in receipt of 8,5kgs, to 0,70 lengths in a time of 57,94 secs.

Corrie Lensley’s 3yo Now I Got You (7-1) was 1,55 lengths adrift in third.

The winner’s stablemate and race favourite Far Away Winter never recovered from a tardy start and was never seen with a chance.

Bred and raced by Drakenstein Stud, Sheela is out of the one-time winning Trippi mare, Trip To India.

Watch the replay here:

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.

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