Moutonshoek’s Galileo horse The United States made the perfect start to his stud career when his two-year-old daughter Sheela, her sire’s very first starter from his first crop, made a winning debut to land the Listed Storm Bird Stakes at the Vaal on Saturday.
Bred and owned by Drakenstein Stud, the Michael and Adam Azzie trained Sheela was bumped coming out of the start in Saturday’s Storm Bird Stakes, but this proved no bother to the exciting two-year-old filly.
Under the bang inform S’Manga Khumalo, Sheela produced an eye catching turn of foot to sweep past her rivals, many male, and went away to record an impressive three and three quarter length win on debut.
A filly who looks destined for bigger and better things, Sheela is out of the Trippi mare Trip To India.
She is the very first runner for her sire The United States, winner of the 2016 G1 Ranvet Stakes, and three other group races.
The United States, a full-brother to outstanding fillies Hermosa and Hydrangea, is one of four group winners, three group one winners, produced by Pivotal’s G2 Prix du Gros-Chene winning daughter Beauty Is Truth.
The chestnut, who shares his outstanding sire Galileo with such world class stallions as Australia, Frankel, New Approach and Teofilo, has six lots on Sunday’s Cape Yearling Sale.
The United States’ Cape Sale draft includes:
A half-sister to four winners from the family of promising two-year-old Safe Return
A filly out of Sun Classique Handicap winner Via Della
A colt out of Ready To Run Cup winner and millionaire Winter Star