There can be no denying that the Moutonshoek based sire The United States is one of the most exciting stallions currently at stud in South Africa.

The G1 winning own brother to dual classic winner Hermosa has made a stunning start with his first two crops containing a number of top-class performers including G2 4Racing SA Nursery winner Sheela (who recently thrashed G1 winner Sweet Pepper by four and a quarter lengths), G3 Sea Cottage Stakes winner, and G1 WSB SA Derby runner up Billy Bowlegs, G1 Splashout Cape Derby third Without Question, East Cape champion Khaya’s Hope, and the likes of East Coast, Sun Blushed, and Texas Red.

His progeny’s ongoing success has also been reflected in the demand for The United States in the sales ring, with the son of Galileo sire of the 2023 Cape Yearling Sales topper, and R850 000 buy, Palancar.

Understandably, Moutonshoek’s Bennie Van Der Merwe is delighted with his sire’s ongoing success, saying, “He must be the most exciting stallion in the country by far. His only reasonable size crop are now three and statistics don`t lie!

Not only does The United States patently upgrades his mares, he is obviously is able to pass on his incredible genes, being arguably the best bred active stallion in this country. He is also capable of getting progeny to compete at the highest level from 1000 – 2450m, while his overall statistics are also very impressive. He has around 50% winners to runners (this goes to 75% when they go 1600m and more!) and 10% stakes performers.”

Moutonshoek’s entire draft at this year’s National Sale were sired by The United States, and Bennie feels there are a few real gems here.

Lot 75: Banff c The United States – She’s So Cold
Well balanced individual who is a own brother to the talented Rockets Red Glare and a half to several well performed runners. For this lot both the stallion and the mare are proven performers.

Lot 109: f The United States – Tagine
Beautiful individual from a very well performed family. Scopy. Good mover.

Lot 199: Diablo c The United States – Bize
Strong individual from a well performed, top family. Excellent specimen for a first foal. Medium sized and balanced.

Lot 275: c The United States – Fire Stone
Outstanding individual bred on the classic Galileo x Danehill cross with the added bonus of the cross that produced the mighty Enable! This mare WILL produce a big one!

Lot 372: Lee Valley c The United States – Miss Khaya
Very scopy own brother to the multiple stakes winner Khaya’s Hope. Has the look of a classic horse. The Galileo/Danehill Dancer cross has been proven over and over!

Moutonshoek’s draft for the 2023 National Yearling Sale can be found in Block E at the TBA Complex in Germiston.