A son of Zoffany, Sakheer traces his distaff lineage back to Minifah, a Nureyev half sister to 1988 Kentucky Derby (USA-G1) heroine and American champion 3-year-old filly Winning Colors and so a granddaughter of Miss Carmie through All Rainbows. Minifah was no great shakes as a race mare, placing twice in five starts in England, and she was not a great improvement as a broodmare, producing two listed-placed runners among her six winners. She has done better as a dam of dams, however. One of those stakes-placed runners, Jinsiyah (by Housebuster) is the dam of 2006 Prix de Meautry (FR-G3) winner Indian Maiden (by Indian Ridge), in turn the dam of 2019 World Trophy Stakes (ENG-G3) winner Maid in India (by Bated Breath) and Group 3-placed listed stakes winner Love Spirit (by Elusive City. Another daughter of Jinsiyah, Shortmile Lady (by Arcano) ran unplaced through five starts but is the dam of Sakheer and of Lemista (by Raven's Pass), winner of the 2022 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes (USA-G3). Since giving birth to Sakheer, Shortmile Lady has since produced a 2021 colt by Exceed and Excel and a 2022 filly by Sea the Stars.
After turning in a Thoroughbred Daily News “Rising Star” performance at Haydock on September 1, Sakheer was an odds-on favorite for the Mill Reef and ran like one. Ready for the Lady, on the other hand, sported the second-longest odds on the board for the Singspiel at 14-1, but hunch bettors should perhaps have taken notice of the fact that his “aunt,” Lady Speightspeare, had just taken her second Grade 3 race of 2022 and her third win in a row in the Seaway Stakes (CAN-G3) the day before. The 3-year-old son of the late More Than Ready did not break his maiden until July 23—his seventh start—but the mile-and-a-quarter distance had clearly been to his liking, and the 11 furlongs of the Singspiel were even more so, especially after rain softened the track. He lagged back off a slow pace early but uncorked a strong rally in deep stretch to run down 2021 Breeders’ Stakes winner British Royalty by three parts of a length.
According to trainer Roger Attfield, the track conditions were not the only factor in Ready for the Lady’s improved form; a studdish and unfocused 2-year-old who was nonetheless well enough thought of to be run in the 2021 Summer Stakes (CAN-G1) as a maiden, he has improved considerably in his mental maturity. If his development continues along its current path, he may be an interesting performer to keep an eye on during the fall with an eye to 2023 racing.
A Charles Fipke homebred, Ready for the Lady is the 101st graded or Group stakes winner for his sire and is the first foal to race out of unraced Perfect Lady, a French-bred daughter of Perfect Soul. The mare has since produced a 2020 colt by Bee Jersey, a 2021 filly by Bee Jersey, and a 2022 filly by Speightstown. She was most recently bred to Speightstown.