A valuable three-quarter sister to Barakey is a shock withdrawal from next week's Magic Millions Perth yearling sale after she was found to have bone cancer in her head.
The Key Business-Real Hi filly, catalogued as lot 148 on the account of Rangeview Stud, was to be one of the highlights of the sale at Belmont Park.
Her residual value was significant through the deeds of Barakey, the winner of the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes in November who is unbeaten from 13 starts.
Barakey, by Rangeview's successful sire Key Business, is set to make his interstate debut in Saturday week's Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield.
But Rangeview's Robbie and Jodie Gray were forced to withdraw the filly after receiving the devastating news that her cancer was terminal.
"It's the biggest kick in the guts," Robbie Gray said.
"She had a bit of swelling on her face and a tumour was removed.
"The biopsy showed it was cancer but another tumour twice the size of the original one was found in her head."
The diagnosis was a bitter blow for the Grays, who have been on a high with Barakey and the inter- national success of their sire, Henny Hughes.
ĚHaving the wrong horse run in a maiden at Albany on Sunday was avoided by the sharp eyes of starter Todd Plane when he recognised the brands were incorrect on runner Norzana in the mounting yard before the start of the first race.
Stewards found there was a stable mix-up and stablemate Last Banana had been mistakenly taken to the track.
The two mares are chestnuts and the same age.
Their brand markings are almost identical as they hail from the same breeding barn.Trainer Mark Nelson was fined $750 for the mix-up and Norzana was scratched from the race.
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