Western Australia’s sprinting sensation Barakey will trial at Belmont on Monday as preparations heat up ahead of his east coast assault.
The unbeaten gelding has not been seen since flashing home to win the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes on November 24 and is being aimed at first-up test in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 23.
Trainer Jim Taylor told Racing Victoria the five-year-old is on track and if he gets through Monday’s trial without a hiccup as well as another hit-out the following week, there is no reason why he won’t line up in the Oakleigh Plate.
“If everything keeps going the way it is at the moment, he’ll run first-up in the Oakleigh Plate,” Taylor said.
Also on the autumn agenda for the Perth flyer is the Group 1 $1 million Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 9.
Barakey was given a three-week spell following his Winterbottom win and Taylor is pleased with how he has come back.
“I have only just got back from two-and-a-half weeks off and he looked good when I got back home,” he said.
By Key Business out of Dance Hi, Barakey has been a star in Perth over the past couple of years, racking up 11 straight wins for more than $640,000 in prizemoney.
He will attempt to mirror the feats of former Taylor-trained sprinter Hay List who successfully carried outstanding results from Perth to the east coast to become one of the nation’s best gallopers.
Now trained at Wyong by John McNair, Hay List is being geared towards a comeback from injury in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Warwick Farm on March 16.