A crowd of almost seven thousand flocked to Belmont Park last weekend to celebrate Perth Racing’s Irish Day promotion.
You can safely assume there will much less in attendance on Saturday as the Belmont season draws to a close, but more is the pity.
Patrons will miss the long awaited return of boom sprinter and potentially the next star of WA racing: Key Business gelding, Barakey.
It’s far too easy to claim ‘star’ status on young horses but the Jim Taylor-prepared five-year-old has done everything asked of him thus far.
He is unbeaten from eight appearances, stretching back to last year when he scored a sizzling five length win on debut.
Barakey’s eighth win arrived courtesy of the Listed Northam Stakes (1100m) on April 29, his first at stakes level.
Barakey has spent the winter months in preparation for the Ascot summer carnival and his grand final: the Winterbottom Stakes (1400m) on November 24.
“When the horses arrive from over east for the Winterbottom we will see if he is good enough to take them on and beat them,” said Taylor.
“That will tell me how good he is.
“I think he will be up to it but you won’t know until he is tested against the good horses.”
Barakey’s first step towards the Group 1 feature will commence in the PR Festival Club Sprint (1000m), a race consisting of seven rivals.
Megem’s Boy, a 1000m specialist and Right Time will add some depth to the field.
“I don’t think he meets anyone in his ability,” said Taylor.
“They are probably more your second and third grade of sprinters.
“He would want to be beating those horses even though he has the weight.”
Barakey, to commence from barrier one for jockey Jason Brown, will carry 59kg on his return.
While Barakey will command most of Taylor’s attention he will also closely monitor the first two-year-old race of the season, the Westspeed Initial Plate (1000m)
Taylor will be represented by Petrol Power, a Snitzel colt, who in readiness for his debut scored a top 1000m trial win at Belmont Park on October 2.
“He is quick, a natural runner and a very mature two-year-old,” said Taylor.
“He is ready to go.”