A huge day at Caulfield on Saturday and one of the major card highlights is the Group 1 2013 Oakleigh Plate (1100m).
Fourteen horses will contest the $400,000 handicap sprint with unbeaten Perth gelding Barakey heading the betting at $3.40.
Second favourite is three-year-old Shamal Wind ($6) who is only slightly ahead of multiple Group 1 winner Ortensia ($6.50).
Mark Kavanagh’s gelding Undeniably ($11) is the next best in the market ahead of Queenslanders Spirit Of Boom ($15), Woorim ($16), Adebisi ($17) and Facile Tigre ($17).
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#14 Shamal Wind $6
The only three-year-old in the race and very lightly raced but this filly is certainly a talent.
Unbeaten from three starts including a tough first-up run against older mares at Moonee Valley two weeks ago which has the youngster spot on.
Has a huge weight advantage carrying the minimum of 50.5kg and is likely to get a gun run from barrier one with top jockey Glen Boss in the saddle.
Barakey will be making his east-coast debut and it’s hard to deny his record. Takes a very good horse to win 11 straight no matter what their competition and he proved himself in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes during the Perth Summer Racing Carnival.
Has reportedly travelled well from Perth and should get a decent spot in running from barrier eight.
Queenslander Spirit Of Boom is an ultra-consistent sprinter and that was obvious during his spring campaign.
Recorded four minor placings from six spring starts including in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes, Group 2 Yellowglen Stakes and the Winterbottom.
Drawn ideally in barrier five with Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Brett Prebble aboard.
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