Barakey joined the gorgeous Bo Derek as a perfect 10 at Ascot’s Melbourne Cup Day on November 6.

Bo and Barakey both have great legs that manage to set the pulses racing of those racing and movie fans who admire good horse and female flesh, respectively.

The race was never in doubt and although Barakey was away only fairly, jockey Jason Brown quickly pushed him forward to lead from Werd and Waratah’s Secret, which is how it stayed throughout.

By the 400m mark they were all off the bit chasing the unbeaten speedster and from the turn to the winning post Barakey simply increased his lead of two lengths to win by almost 4 lengths.

Werd had had enough of the chase at the end but managed to hang on to second, by a length, from Waratah’s Secret who was doing his best work at the finish, giving trainer Jim Taylor the major and minor placings for the Yellowglen Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m).

Barakey’s smart time of 1.03.85 was only just outside the race record of 1.03.66 set by Avante in 2011.

Now that new glamour sprinter Travinator (7 wins from 9 starts) is being set for the Winterbottom Stakes on November 24, instead of being spelled and set for the Summer Scorcher on January 1, racing fans can salivate over the prospects of his clash with Taylor’s galloper.

Certainly Taylor told this writer he wouldn’t mind Barakey taking a sit behind something speedy like Travinator, a galloper that also likes to run and lead.

That battle will also be one for the football fans with Barakey in the Eagles colours (blue, Eagles insignia, blue cap) and Travinator wearing the traditional strip of the West Perth Football Club (cardinal red, blue sash and cap).

The WPFC theme song is It’s a Grand Old Flag and so perhaps we are going to have a grand old clash in a few weeks time.

Eagles and Falcons…… well, birds of a feather flock together and the race between the two exciting gallopers promises to be as close as the Obama-Romney election in the US.  John Elsegood

6 November 2012