Racing silks of Godolphin
|Breeder||Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum|
|Trainer||John L. Dunlop
Saeed bin Suroor
|Dante Stakes (2000)
Sandown Classic Trial (2000)
International Stakes (2001)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2001)
|Timeform rating: 136|
|Last updated on August 14, 2007|
Sakhee (foaled 1997 in Kentucky) is an American-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse. He won eight of his fourteen races and is most noted for his performances as a four-year-old in 2001 when his wins included the International Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Bred by the racing interests of Dubai's Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, his sire Bahri was almost exclusively a miler who won two Group One races at that distance. Sakhee was from the mare Thawakib, a winner of the 1993 Group II Ribblesdale Stakes whose sire was the fourteen-time Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland, Sadler's Wells. Trained by John L. Dunlop, Sakhee raced under the Godolphin banner.
Sakhee won two of his three starts at age two. As a three-year-old in 2000, the colt won the Sandown Classic Trial and the Dante Stakes then ran second by a length to Sinndar in the Epsom Derby. In the Eclipse Stakes he suffered a muscular problem and finished fourth to winner, Giant's Causeway. At the end of the 2000 racing season he underwent surgery to remove a bone chip in a knee.
Godolphin gave Saeed bin Suroor the job of conditioning Sakhee for his four-year-old racing campaign. Being prepared for top-level races, he was entered and won the Steventon Stakes Listed race. In his next outing of 2001, he dominated the competition, winning the Group One International Stakes by seven lengths. Sent to Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France for October's prestigious Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Sakhee once again dominated his opponents and won by six lengths over the previously undefeated filly, Aquarelliste. In his final start of 2001, Sakhee was sent to the United States to compete in the 2001 Breeders' Cup Classic at New York's Belmont Park. Racing on dirt for the first time in his career, he finished second by a nose to Tiznow.
Sent back to racing at age five, Sakhee won his first race then finished third on the dirt behind winner Street Cry in the 2002 Dubai World Cup. In the final race of his career, he ran second on turf in the G3 Prix Gontaut-Biron.
In October 2002, Sakhee was retired to breeding duty at Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Stud. To date, the most successful of his offspring have been Sakhee's Secret who in 2007 earned his fourth straight win in the Group One July Cup at Newmarket Racecourse, Presvis (Queen Elizabeth II Cup) and Tin Horse (Poule d'Essai des Poulains).