Unbeaten sprinter Barakey is on track for a first-up assault on the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield next month after an easy trial win at Belmont Park yesterday.
At his first public appearance since his brilliant win in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot in November, Barakey led all the way to defeat stablemate Black Uma by a length under a strong hold from rider Jason Brown.
It was a low-key hit-out for WA's latest sprint sensation. His winn- ing time of 1min. 1.17sec. for the 1000m was modest in comparison to other trials yesterday.
Trainer Jim Taylor will give Barakey another trial at Belmont next Monday in preparation for his first trip interstate. He toyed with the idea of giving Barakey a run before the Oakleigh Plate (1100m), but has settled on tackling the $400,000 Group 1 sprint first-up on February 23.
"He just went around on the bit, nice and easy," Taylor said.
"He'll trial again next Monday.
"He's a bit fat at the moment. He's good but he'll tighten up a bit in the next couple of weeks.
"He's still a couple of weeks off being in racing condition."
Taylor is yet to decide whether to stable Barakey at Caulfield or Flemington, where his main aim, the $1 million Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m), will be run on March 9.
Taylor started Waratah's Secret first-up in the Newmarket last year but he was found to have a breathing problem when he finished last of 22 behind Hay List.
Princess Hallowell, a leading candidate for the $250,000 Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic (1100m) on February 16, ran a solid second to Flying Zoe in a 400m trial yesterday.
The Oratorio filly, prepared by Trevor Andrews, underlined her potential with a four-length win over 1000m at Ascot on January 5.
Andrews won a separate 400m trial for two-year-olds with Mo Gasur, who jumped quickly and won by 2¼ lengths from Play With Fire.
Andrews paid $57,500 for the son of Myboycharlie at last year's MM Perth yearling sale.
·Emerging apprentice Mitchell Pateman received the worst news possible yesterday when scans confirmed he damaged an anterior cruciate ligament in a knee on Saturday.
Pateman faces up to five months on the sidelines if he has surgery to repair the knee, which he injured in a fall at trackwork.
He is second to Ben Paterson in the metropolitan apprentices' premiership with 13½ winners.
"He's a bit fat at the moment ... he'll tighten up a bit in the next couple of weeks.""Trainer *Jim Taylor *