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Bayatorio s owners in a pickle over Guineas
Troy Turner drives Bayatorio to the line to score an impressive win in Saturday’s Rotary Club Handicap at Belmont. Pic: Hollands Photographics

The owners of Bayatorio will be in a pickle regardless of whether the three-year-old wins next month's $100,000 Belmont Guineas (1600m).

The biggest slice of the partners are involved in the manu- facturing of South Australia's Spring Gully Foods, which was established in 1946 by Edward McKee, whose demand for his home-grown pickled onions saw him enter the pickle business.

Ross Webb, the son of McKee's stepson Eric Webb and a director with his brother Kevin of Spring Gully Foods, bought Bayatorio for $50,000 at the 2012 Perth yearling sale and sent him to Pinjarra trainer Brett Pope.

Webb raced Bayatorio's dam Bantry Bay with trainer Barry Barnes.

Bantry Bay claimed a hat-trick when successful in the Group 3 SA Sires' Produce Stakes (1600m) in 2007.

Connections thought highly enough of Bantry Bay to run her against the nation's best three-year-olds in the Manifold Stakes, Thousand Guineas, AAMI Vase and VRC Oaks the next season.

Mungrup Stud's Gray and Jan Williamson and Lex and Shirley Piper bought the Tale Of A Cat mare as a four-year-old and she was retired to stud.

Bayatorio earnt his ticket into the Guineas with a courageous second-up win in Saturday's Rotary Club Handicap (1400m) at Belmont Park.

"Ross saw the colt in the sale and bought him," said Pope, who owns a share in the Oratorio gelding.

"He races a couple of horses in the east with suppliers for Spring Gully Foods. All of the owners are interstate except for two of us.

"The good thing about Bayatorio is he is showing diversity at being able to lead or sit back."

Pope will take a cautious approach with his other three-year-old Prohurst Express, who resumed with a smart win over 1000m on Saturday.

"Prohurst Express is still learning what racing is all about and we are happy enough to chase the Westspeed bonuses," he said.

The West Australian

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