Sakhee’s Soldier back on track

Part-owner Alasdair Chisholm proudly helps lead Sakhee's Soldier back to the winner's stall after the Gr. 1 Ronald McDonald House Charities NZ Stakes at Ellerslie. (Photo: Wally O'Hearn).

Part-owner Alasdair Chisholm proudly helps lead Sakhee’s Soldier back to the winner’s stall after the Gr. 1 Ronald McDonald House Charities NZ Stakes at Ellerslie. (Photo: Wally O’Hearn).

Sakhee’s Soldier will be out to produce a Group One dress rehearsal when he resumes at Te Aroha next Saturday.

The Group One-winning five-year-old hasn’t raced since finishing second-last behind Julinsky Prince and company in the Gr. 1 Rydges Wellington Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham last December, but showed he could be back on the right track when winning easily at the Cambridge trials last Tuesday.

It was Sakhee’s Soldier’s second trial since the Trentham trip and he showed improvement on his fourth at the Matamata trials on February 9 behind stablemate Charmont, who went on to win last start and is a leading chance in the Gr. 3 Valachi Downs Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Riccarton tomorrow.

“He won well and he seems okay again,” said co-trainer Murray Baker. “He’s had a lot of problems but hopefully he’s come right. He’ll go to Te Aroha for the open 1400 and if he goes well in that we could look at the Easter.”

The Gr. 1 $200,000 Manco Easter (1600m) is on April 23 at Ellerslie, the scene of Sakhee’s Solder’s latest win, in the Gr. 1 Ronald McDonald House Charities NZ Stakes last autumn.

Sakhee’s Soldier underwent a bone chip operation after his Group One win, ruling out a possible trip to Australia. But Baker says there is the possibility he could get to Australia this campaign.

“If he comes up well we could look at taking him to Brisbane,” said Baker. “There’s nothing here for him after the Easter.”

Sakhee’s Soldier has won eight of his 19 starts and strung five wins together during the summer of 2004-15, culminating in wins in the Gr. 3 Eagle Technology Stakes and the Gr. 2 Rich Hill Mile, both at Ellerslie.