Jim Taylor could instruct jockey Jason Brown to take a sit on Barakey after WA's boom sprinter drew gate eight for his clash with triple Group 1 winner Ortensia in Saturday's $400,000 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield.
Taylor has been teaching Barakey to settle behind another horse on his training track in Bullsbrook to give the unbeaten front-running star an extra string to his bow before Saturday's race and next month's $1 million Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington.
"Eight is not the best but it is not the worst," Taylor said. "He has done a lot of work at home settling and he has gone really well.
"It gives us the option if they go too quick to sit back.
"The horse has done so well here. He calls out for his feed when he sees me coming and hoed into the grass when I gave him a pick."
Barakey did three laps on the inner work track and a lap of the outer track at Caulfield yesterday. He will have a hit-out today.
Player yesterday opened Barakey a $3.10 favourite, ahead of the unbeaten Shamal Wind ($5) and Ortensia ($6.50), who has drawn four at her first start since winning in Dubai and England last year.
Mr Moet opened the $3.10 favourite on WA's Player after he drew in the middle in four in his rematch with Mawingo (barrier one) in the Peter Young Stakes (1800m).
Punters jumped on Mawingo on Sportsbet, backing the import with a series of bets of $3000 and $1000 at $3.20 and $1000 at $3.10 to have him shade Mr Moet ($3.60) as the $3.20 favourite.
Punters came for Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon, backing him from $9 into $8 on Sportsbet in his clash with All Too Hard in the Futurity Stakes (1400m).Green Moon has gate one for the Group 1 weight-for-age feature, his first start since winning the cup.