Sakhee's Secret to
shuttle to New Zealand
JULY Cup winner Sakhee's Secret will shuttle to The Oaks Stud in New Zealand for the 2009 southern hemisphere season, where he will stand for NZ$15,000 (£5,616/€6,193).
The five-year-old son of Sakhee, who is about embark on his first season at Whitsbury Manor Stud at £6,500, has been secured in a deal brokered by Alisdair Chisholm on behalf of a syndicate which includes Sir Patrick Hogan of Cambridge Stud and Peter and Philip Vela of Pencarrow Stud.
"To stand a July Cup winner is serious," said Rick Williams, general manager of The Oaks Stud. "It's worked out very well for New Zealand and it's fantastic that we have Patrick Hogan and Peter and Philip Vela involved because, like us, they've got mares that will really suit him."
Following a six-length maiden success as a juvenile, Sakhee's Secret progressed into a leading three-year-old sprinter for owner Bridget Swire and trainer Hughie Morrison, capturing two Listed races en route to an authoritative win over Dutch Art and Red Clubs in the July Cup.
He also finished runner-up in last season's Palace House Stakes and retired as the winner of five races and nearly £300,000 in prize-money.
Sakhee's Secret joins a roster of four other stallions at The Oaks Stud including fellow European shuttler Bachelor Duke and former Coolmore resident Spartacus.