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Progressive Sakhee's Back In Work
Meanwhile, fellow Gr1 winner Sakhee's Soldier (Sakhee's Secret-Surreptitiously, by Machiavellian) has been back in work with Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman for five weeks following surgery, reports NZ Racing Desk. "He had chips in both knees after the NZ Stakes and he was operated on immediately," part-owner Alasdair Chisholm said. "He spelled exceedingly well at The Oaks Stud and put on 65kg. He's come back a bigger and stronger horse, which is exactly what Murray had told us 12 months ago." He added: "He's just doing pace work and building up slowly and at this stage it's all going well." Sakhee's Soldier stamped himself as one of the most progressive horses in New Zealand last campaign when winning six of his eight starts, highlighted by a maiden Gr1 victory in the New Zealand Stakes in March. With a current rating of 104, Sakhee's Soldier's is likely to be restricted to weight-for-age racing later in the year. "He would be carrying very big weights in handicaps so we'll probably look at races like the Eagle Technology again, the Captain Cook Stakes and the Zabeel Classic on Boxing Day," Chisholm said. "We would also like to see him race in Australia so, all going well, he could go to Sydney next autumn."