Western Australia’s sprinting sensation Barakey showed he is on track towards his east-coast debut in the Group 1 2013 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) when comfortably winning a trial at Belmont this morning.
The five-year-old speedster had a 1000m hit-out which he led from start to finish under a hard hold.
Trainer Jim Taylor is pleased with his condition but admits he still has some work to do before the Oakleigh Plate which will take place at Caulfield on February 23.
“He’ll probably have another [trial] next Monday to bring him on a little bit,” Taylor told Perth’s The Big Breakfast radio program.
“He is really good but he looks pretty big at the moment.”
Barakey has earned a trip east through 11 unbeaten starts including at Group 1 level in the Winterbottom Stakes in November but that doesn’t mean Taylor is any rush to meet Australia’s other undefeated sprinter.
Taylor has pencilled in the Oakleigh Plate to avoid Black Caviar but said Barakey could run in the 2013 Black Caviar Lightning (1200m) the week before if plans change for Australia’s best racehorse.
“It will most likely be the Oakleigh Plate but you never know depending on what Black Caviar is doing over the next couple of weeks because there is a race the week before,” Taylor said.
The full autumn program is not yet known for Barakey but he could also contest the 2013 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 9.
Nominations close tomorrow for the $1 million handicap sprint and both Black Caviar and Hay List will be among the big names entered.
But Black Caviar is an unlikely Newmarket starter as she is expected to be allocated a weight of at least 61.5kg.
Hay List won last year’s Newmarket carrying a big topweight of 58.5kg while Black Caviar lugged 58kg to victory in 2011.
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