This weekend Perth’s Belmont Park Racecourse will host two black-type winter features including a super clash between old champ Barakey and fresh new talent Smoko in the Goodwood Sprint 2014.
Running as Belmont Race 5 at 3:10pm (local) on Saturday, this year’s $100,000 Listed Goodwood Sprint (1300m) has attracted a final field of just six middle-distance sprinters.
Included in the field is the Jim Taylor-trained Barakey, the Key Business seven-year-old making his much awaited return.
A winner of 12 of his 14 career starts including the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes back in 2012, the gelding hasn’t raced since failing to defend that title in November last year.
Barakey ran a disappointing ninth behind Queensland hero Buffering that day when tightened for room during the run before going out for a length spell.
He has had two promising Belmont Park trials over 1000m since most recently winning by three quarters of a length in a nice piece of work on August four with Jason Brown in the saddle.
The horse’s regular rider, Brown retains the mount for the weekend with the duo to jump from barrier six.
Barakey may be a Group 1 winner but the horse to beat in this year’s Goodwood Sprint field is the Ross & Clint Price-trained Smoko set to dominate the Ladbrokes.com.au markets.
Drawn one inside of Barakey in barrier six with Perth’s premier hoop William Pike engaged for the ride, Snitzel gelding Smoko lines up for just his eighth start here.
A winner of six of his previous seven runs, his only loss to date was a second behind upset winner Pininci when going down as the odds-on favourite in the Listed Beaufine Staikes (1000m) at Belmont on July 12.
Smoko bounced back on August 9 back at the track over 1200m however with a classy three length victory over Dominating in the Listed Belmont Newmarket Handicap (1200m), an effort he’s out to emulate on Saturday.
Newmarket third placegetter Celebrity Miss, beaten three and three quarter lengths by Smoko last time out, also backs up in the Goodwood.
Grant Williams’ in-form More Than Ready mare enjoyed a win over Dominating two back at Belmont, where the six-year-old has won six of her 11 starts, in the Listed H.G. Bolton Sprint (1200m) before her third to Saturday’s top fancy.
Also coming off a nice lead-up run then is the Daniel Morton-trained Zester jumping from barrier three with Jarrad Noske aboard.
The veteran Danewin eight-year-old ran second over the 1300m at Kalgoorlie behind Akhedasset adding to his nice record over the distance (4-2-1-0).
Rounding out the Goodwood Sprint field are then the David Harrison-trained Settle Strada with the inside alley as the son of Strada looks to improve on some poor recent form and Talent Show one wider in gate two for her first-up run since a seventh to Black Tycoon in the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) on New Year’s Day.
See below for the full Goodwood Sprint 2014 field, barriers and jockeys.
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2014 Goodwood Sprint Final Field & Barrier Draw
Belmont Race 5 (3:10pm) – 23/08/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||x111x0x19x||BARAKEY||Jim P Taylor||Jason Brown||6||59kg|
|2||260x506x07||SETTLE STRADA||David Harrison||Shaun O’Donnell||1||59kg|
|3||348×704552||ZESTER||Daniel Morton||Jarrad Noske||3||59kg|
|4||111x11x21||SMOKO||Ross & Clint Price||William Pike||5||59kg|
|5||000500907x||TALENT SHOW||Graeme Ballantyne||Jason Whiting||2||57kg|
|6||80×1411513||CELEBRITY MISS||Grant Williams||Chris Parnham (a)||4||57kg|