Taylor gutted after Barakey draw
Taylor gutted after Barakey draw

Trainer Jim Taylor was devastated last night when his star sprinter Barakey drew the extreme outside barrier for Saturday's Group 1 Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot.

Taylor believes Barakey's perfect record is in danger in the $500,000 sprint because of his draw and Travinator landing barrier one.

"I was shattered when he drew 10 and Travinator drew one," Taylor said. "I would think Travinator would be hard to beat now.

"From out there they'll all be looking for him (Barakey)."

Barakey was under a strong hold from race rider Jason Brown in his impressive track gallop with stablemate Waratah's Secret at yes- terday's Breakfast with the Stars.

Breeder-owner Colin Pearce was all smiles after Travinator, a brilliant winner at seven of nine starts, drew the inside.

"I'm really happy with that," Pearce said.

"He's trained on really well."

Despite the horror draw, bookmaker Peter Cribb rated Barakey the $2.30 favourite.

Cribb tightened Travinator's quote to $4.20.

Hallowell Belle drew gate seven and Power Princess will start from barrier nine.

Pinwheel, who drew barrier eight, missed Breakfast with the Stars after leaving a bit of his feed overnight Monday.

Trainer Peter Snowden has no concerns with the seven-year-old, a winner at 12 of 35 starts for $1.09 million in prize money, and he will work at Ascot today.

"There's no issue. As long as he works well he'll be there Saturday," Snowden said.

"Soundness-wise he's 100 per cent and I just wanted to give him another day to get over the trip.

"He'll do a bit of fast work on the grass on his own. I'm not going to work him with a mate, he works too strong and I don't want to gut-bust him."

Snowden, who also has Academus set for the $350,000 SKY Racing WA Guineas (1600m), went close to winning last year's Winterbottom when Rarefied ran second to Ortensia.

Pinwheel hasn't raced since running seventh to Moment Of Change in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in September.

"He's running out of chances to win a Group 1 but he could race until nine or 10," Snowden said.

"There's good speed in the race - enough so that they will sort themselves out. If it's set up for a swooper, hopefully he can get a good spot in running."

Rank outsider Solsay is under a cloud for the Winterbottom after sustaining a bruised heel after a track gallop yesterday morning.

The West Australian

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