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Bluebloods : Karaka 2012 Yearling Sale Preview
KARAKA 2012 YEARLING SALE PREVIEW 30 FIRST SEASON SIRE I “I WA S in the mounting yard at Ascot with Graeme Sanders and saw this horse walk past,” Williams said. “ He was the favourite and he was as good a moving horse as you’d ever see with wonderful balance and I thought wow! He actually finished behind us that day because he didn’t handle the wet, but he was something special.” Sakhee’s Secret subsequently developed a problem with his pelvis, which prompted Williams to make inquiries. “ I rang John O’Connor of Ballylinch Stud who I had dealt with when getting Bachelor Duke and he made some inquiries but they had sold the horse in-house. I dropped the subject and then two or three months later I heard I might be able to lease him. We’re not interested in leasing and like equity in our stallions, but we were subsequently able to cut a deal to get him.” The first northern hemisphere crop of Sakhee’s Secret, whose English base is Whitsbury Manor Stud, are yearlings of 2011. “ They’re going through the sales and have sold very well. He’s away to a good start and this time next year we’ll know more. The expectations are that they will perform as two year-olds and he’s an exciting horse and we give him a great chance at stud.” Trained by Hughie Morrison, Sakhee’s Secret showed his precocious nature when he strolled home by six lengths at his juvenile debut, and as a three year-old he blossomed to win four of his five starts. He landed two Listed events before he stepped up to triumph in the July Cup-Gr.1 at Newmarket, where he beat Dutch Art and Red Clubs and, at the time of writing, the former was leading the race in the UK for first season sire honours, with Red Clubs also in the top five. Sakhee’s Secret retired as the winner of five of his 11 starts and an annual Timeform rating at three of 128, which was superior to Miss Andretti (127) and Takeover Target (126). At the end of the 2007 season he was Europe’s Champion Sprinter and the top ranked colt on the World Turf Sprint Rankings. He is a son of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe-Gr.1 and Juddmonte International Stakes-Gr.1 winner Sakhee (by Riverman’s son Bahri from Thawakib by Sadler’s Wells) out of the stakeswinning mare Palace Street (Secreto). She is the dam of 10 winners, including Palace Affair who claimed five black type victories, and is from the family of the July Cup winner and leading international stallion Stravinsky (USA). His New Zealand stud career has also been blessed with quality books and outstanding support from stakeholders. “ He was an expensive horse and we own the majority of the southern hemisphere ownership, with support from Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan, the Vela family, Kevin Hickman and Scott Williams, who have all sent good mares to him and we have had an excellent number of nice ones from the public,” Williams said. Among the quality mares owned by The Oaks to have been served by Sakhee’s Secret are Keepa Cruisin (half-sister to Seachange and herself the Levin Classic-Gr.1 winner and runner-up in the NZ 1000 Guineas), Caparison (stakes placed half-sister to leading Singapore galloper Kelantan), Guardian Angel (dam of Phar Lap Stakes-Gr.2 winner Blackie), Zaabi (half-sister to young Queenland stallion Pure Theatre), Doneze Girl (dam of Shaune Ritchie’s NZ Oaks-Gr.1 hopeful Zurella and a half-sister to Diamond Deck and closely related to Lohnro and Niello), Impassion (dam of Royal Stakes-Gr.2 winner Keep The Passion), Mystery Creek (dam of Bachelor Duke’s daughter Obsession, who was twice placed at Gr.1 level and winner of the Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes-Gr.2) and Zaria (sister to Queensland Oaks-Gr.1 winner Zagalia). “ He’s going to be well represented at Karaka and all the Australians who have come out with New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing each November have really liked him. He was rated above Miss Andretti and Takeover Target and they respect that form and respect the July Cup as the sprint race in Europe to win. He’s got some lovely yearlings that have got his walk and balance with good bone under the knee.” ■ SAKHEE’S SECRET makes a great first impression First impressions can count for everything and Champion European Sprinter Sakhee’s Secret (GB) was an instant hit with Rick Williams. The Oaks Stud’s general manager encountered the imposing chestnut when he was in England in 2008 with the farm’s crack mare Seachange and couldn’t help but be impressed. Sakhee’s Secret retired as the winner of five of his 11 starts and an annual Timeform rating at three of 128. KARAKA 2012
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