UPDATE: Barakey confirmed his status as WA’s new equine superstar when he extended his unbeaten streak to 11 in the Group 1 Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot.
Starting a solid $2.70 favourite, Barakey crossed from the outside gate in the field of nine to sit just behind pacesetter Travinator ($5).
Jockey Jason Brown gave Barakey a strike of the whip before the turn but he knuckled to the task in the straight, scorching past Travinator.
Queensland sprinter Spirit Of Boom ($9) and Power Princess ($7) put in their challenges but they were no match for Barakey, who held off the latter by half a length.
Spirit Of Boom finished a close-up third.
Trainer Jim Taylor announced Barakey would head east to defend his unbeaten record in autumn features such as the
Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield and Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington.
“This is the one we wanted and it’s just brilliant,” Taylor said.
“Jason didn’t want to let Travinator have it easy so he put the pressure on from the 500m.
“He showed great fight.
“I thought he’d find but I didn’t know how good Travinator was going.
“Once they got to the corner and Glen Boss went for Travinator I knew we had him covered, then it was just a matter of holding the others off.
“I know how Peter Moody feels going for 22 straight (with Black Caviar).
“Probably in the autumn we’ll go over the Melbourne and in races like the Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket we should get in somewhere near the minimum, so he’ll be a good chance.”
Brown was relieved to win the $500,00 sprint.
“The race was never going to be easy and Jimmy was concerned Tuesday night when we drew bad.
“I rang him up and said ‘I think it’s a blessing. I can get there at my own leisure’.
“He’s so relaxed when you turn him off and close to the corner I had to give him a bit of a shake-up.
“In trackwork he does that too – if you sit in behind he’s always off the bridle, but as soon as you go up dead
level, away he goes.”
Trainer Simon Miller was thrilled with another Group 1 placing for Power Princess, who rocketed home from last on the turn.
“She’s just a freak,” Miller said.
Darley sprinter Pinwheel ran on strongly from second last to finish fourth, a length away from the winner.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Hallowell Belle ran a disappointing eighth.
A post-race vet examination revealed Hallowell Belle had a small amount of blood in one nostril and pulled up lame.