Unbeaten WA star Barakey yesterday was given 57kg, a kilogram below international Group 1 winner Ortensia and defending champion Woorim, for the $400,000 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on Saturday.

Barakey and Luckygray passed their final tests in their Melbourne assaults when given a track gallop between races at Ascot last Saturday.

The two horses were due to fly out of Perth last night.

Barakey faced his initial elevation to Group 1 with class and courage when he had to chase tearaway leader Travinator before holding out Power Princess and Spirit Of Boom in the weight-for-age Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on November 24.

Ortensia, a three-times Group 1 winner in Dubai, England and Australia with $2.48 million in stake earnings, was the highest-rated sprinter at 113 points among yesterday's 22 entries in the 1100m Group 1 scamper.

Queenslander Woorim (109) will carry 2.5kg more on 58kg than when he beat Elite Falls by a short-half head in last year's Oakleigh Plate.

Trainer Robert Heathcote said Damian Browne would ride Woorim, who is entered in the Falvelon Stakes over 1200m at Eagle Farm on the same day.

"I thought we (Barakey) would be two kilos off Ortensia because we were seven points under her, but they dropped her a point and she is allowed two kilos because she is a mare," trainer Jim Taylor said.

"The biggest issue for us will be the barrier because in a capacity field like that you are going to need a good draw."

Barriers will be drawn when acceptances are taken tomorrow.

·RWWA investigator Phil O'Reilly will fly to Kuala Lumpur on Friday to interview trainer Shane Edwards over claims from owners that he had exported their thoroughbreds to Singapore without their consent.

The West Australian

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