Sakhee’s Soldier for Brisbane

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 is finally getting his crack at the Australian scene.

Last year he was among the Sydney entries for the A$3 million Gr. 1 Doncaster Mile and the Gr. 1 A$4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes, but instead he underwent an operation to remove a bone chip. But now a year later he is set to head to Queensland on Sunday’s flight.

“”He’ll kick off in the Hollindale Cup (Saturday week) and we’ll take it from there,” said co-trainer Murray Baker. “He’s come up well.”

A Group One winner of the NZ Stakes last year, Sakhee’s Soldier has had two starts this preparation and impressed in both.

He resumed with an eye-catching late run for sixth behind Snapshot at Te Aroha then back up a fortnight later to finish fourth in last Saturday’s Gr. 1 Easter Stakes at Ellerslie. He was again doing his best work over the concluding stages and wound up just over a half-length from the winner, Sound Proposition.