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Patience A Virtue For Sakhee's Soldier
The connections of Sakhee's Soldier (Sakhee's Secret-Surreptitiously, by Machiavellian) are counting their Gr1 blessings for heeding the advice of Murray Baker, reports NZ Racing Desk. Twelve months ago they were keen to travel to Australia with the chestnut, but the Cambridge trainer strongly advised against it. With training partner Andrew Forsman, Baker got his way and Sakhee's Soldier recently crowned his rapid ascension thorugh the ranks with his victory in the Gr1 New Zealand Stakes. "He's obviously a very talented horse and my Melbourne partners and I have been very lucky," said co-owner Alasdair Chisholm. "We listened to Murray last autumn when some of them were keen to go to Australia. He said the horse wasn't mature enough and to wait and he has proved to be absolutely accurate." A year on and the ownership team are happy to wait a bit longer for Sakhee's Soldier to cross the Tasman after plans for a trip to Sydney this year had to be shelved. "He's had a bone chip removed and that all went well," Chisholm said. "He's in recovery at The Oaks Stud and the vet said to rest him for three months so he'll be back in work in June to get ready for the spring." He added, "He's been well looked after and only had 15 starts. We probably wouldn't have got in the Doncaster or the Queen Elizabeth anyway so we'll look at the Epsom in the spring – that's the dream. Murray has always said he will be better as a five-year-old when he's fully mature."