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WA's unbeaten star Barakey yesterday arrived fit and well at Caulfield in his bid to stretch his winning streak to 12 in Saturday's Oakleigh Plate (1100m).

Trainer Jim Taylor travelled on the plane with Barakey and Lucky-gray on Monday night and reported Barakey to have handled his maiden flight like a veteran.

"He was really good," Taylor said. "I took him for a 45-minute walk and he was right on his toes.

"Luckygray was good company for him. He will have a trot and canter tomorrow and do a bit of evens and a working gallop over 200m on Thursday."

The arrival of Barakey has been greeted with excitement by Victorians anxious to see WA's best sprinter in action in the Group 1 clash.

Taylor had trained Hay List, rated the second-best sprinter to Black Caviar, to win eight of his nine starts, before he joined the NSW stables of John McNair and became a star on the east coast.

Trainer Gino Poletti took dual Group 1 winner Luckygray for a leisurely stroll at his new Flemington stables.

Black Caviar and Hay List were absent from yesterday's list of 24 first declarations in the Newmarket Handicap (1200m), to be run at Flemington on March 9. Barakey and Luckygray were in the field.

Mr Moet and Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon were among 24 entries when first declarations for the Australian Cup (2000m), run on March 9, closed yesterday.

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