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Horse Racing: BLOODSTOCK DESK - FIRST-SEASON STALLION PROFILE; Sakhee 97 Bahri - Thawakib, by Sadler's Wells Stands at Nunnery Stud Fee: pounds 15,000.

Byline: Sakhee

THERE were arguably several crowning achievements in Sakhee's 14-race career, which yielded eight victories: his six-length rout of a field containing six other Group 1 winners for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe' a seven-length victory in the Juddmonte International, defeating four more top performers' or his heroic effort to be second by a nose in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Although he won twice as a juvenile, both times over a mile, those victories came in the latter half of the season and Sakhee (below) should be expected to sire later-maturing types.

As he is a Shadwell stallion, many of his 65 first foals will run as homebreds, but the 26 who were sold at auction last year found good support, and their average price of more than 70,000gns placed Sakhee second behind Rock Of Gibraltar among first-crop sires by average.

John Ferguson paid 260,000gns for a half-sister to the Listed winner Nota Bene, while Charlie Gordon Watson went to 230,000gns to secure a filly out of the Darshaan mare Imitation, a sister to high-class miler Darnay. Johnny McKeever bought a half-brother to Cornelius, a Group 2-winning miler in Italy, at the SGA yearling sale in Milan, and Willie Browne paid 90,000gns for a half-brother to a winning two-year-old by Mozart out of a half-sister to the Prix de la Fort winner Poplar Bluff.

Out of the Ribblesdale Stakes winner Thawakib, Sakhee is a son of top miler Bahri, and is a three-parts brother to Nasheed, winner of the Listed Fillies' Trial Stakes over a mile and a quarter at Newbury. Thawakib is a half-sister to the Princess of Wales's Stakes winner Celestial Storm, who was also second in the St Leger, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond and Champion Stakes.


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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 23, 2006
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