Barakey books Melbourne trip

Unbeaten Western Australian sprinter Barakey took his perfect record to eleven wins from eleven starts winning the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot booking a trip to Melbourne for the feature autumn sprints in the process.

Speaking after the victory trainer Jim Taylor said Barakey would likely now be set for races like the Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Handicap in the autumn.

“In the autumn we’ll probably now go to Melbourne,” Taylor said.

“He’ll come into races like the Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Handicap near the minimum so you’d think he’d be a good competitive chance.

Asked if he went into the race with the weight of the world on his shoulders to keep the horse’s unbeaten record intact, Taylor said he now understands how Peter Moody feels.

“I understand how Peter Moody feels now with Black Caviar going for 22, I might have to take up smoking!”

Sent out the $2.70 favourite, Barakey began well from the outside barrier for jockey Jason Brown and after initially racing outside of the leader Travinator, Brown settled the son of Key Business in the leaders slipstream.

Despite Brown having to shake up Barakey on the turn to keep up with the leader, as soon as they entered the home straight it was clear he had the better of Travinator with Queenslander Spirit Of Boom angling into the clear off his heels.

Though he tired late, Barakey had just enough in the tank to hold a half length margin from both the fast finishing local mare Power Princess who just grabbed second position in a photo finish from Spirit of Boom.

In the other feature on the Super Saturday Ascot card the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m), the Adam Durrant-trained Mr Moet ($21) caused a massive boilover scoring a first up victory over the gallant top-weight Luckygray ($3.80F) with Rosie Rocket ($20) in third.

Though the effort to win the Railway first up from a spell shouldn’t be undersold, the clear run of the race came from the runner-up who lost his position mid-race and had to circle the field from a clear last giving the winner 5 kilos.

Wall Street fared the best of the Victorian trained gallopers finishing in a photo for seventh position while triple Group 1 winning mare Yosei was never in the hunt after missing the start running a well-beaten twelfth.

Story by Ben Asgari