Barakey, Western Australia’s glorified sprinter, announced himself to a national audience on Saturday when scoring a resilient, gutsy and scintillating win in the Group I Crown Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot.
The unrelenting five-year-old raced at the girth of local rival Travinator, who set a blistering pace from the outset.
Despite being slapped with the persuader by rider Jason Brown at the 500m, Barakey claimed Travinator turning for home and kicked-in over the final furlong to defy the fast-finishing bursts of Power Princess and Spirit Of Boom.
Now unbeaten after 11 career starts, trainer Jim Taylor breathed a sigh of relief as his stable star scored a half-length victory.
“I now know how Peter Moody feels with Black Caviar, I might have to start smoking” Taylor joked in reference to how Moody smokes to help deal with nerves
The jockey-turned-trainer said Barakey would now head east for a debut Victorian campaign in the Autumn.
“We’ll look at races like the Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket where he should get in on the minimum (weight),” Taylor said.
Barakey’s stakes earnings now top $650,000 in what has been an astounding career to date.
Honest Simon Miller-trained mare Power Princess produced another brilliant performance, coming from last at the home turn to run second.
The Marwina six-year-old couldn’t go the early pace and dropped out a clear last before cannoning home along the rails.
Spirit Of Boom was a nose away in third while the Peter Snowden-trained Pinwheel ran home stoutly for third.
Travinator was gassed after setting a hot pace and faded to finish last.
Numbers: 5 10 2 1 6 Time: 01:09:60 (600m: 35:37) Margins: ½ L x Ns x Lng Nk
Dividends: Win: $2.70 Place: $1.40 $1.90 $2.40
Winners Breeding: Key Business x Dance Hi (Key Dancer (NZ))