Comeback sprinter Barakey begins a big week for Rangeview Stud sires Key Business and Henny Hughes (USA) at Ascot on Saturday.
Barakey (6g Key Business – Dance Hi by Ideal Planet) returns to racing after an injury-enforced spell in the G3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m).
Barakey completed an unbeaten run of 11 victories in last year’s G1 Winterbottom Stakes and is all set to double up in Perth’s premier sprint next month. “He’s raring to go first-up,” trainer Jim Taylor said this week. “He’s drawn wide but has the speed to cross the field.”
Taylor took the gelding to Melbourne earlier this year but he pulled up lame in the G1 Newmarket Hcp won by Shamexpress.
His sire Key Business (Success Express) is 23 and serves limited books at Rangeview. The first of his foals this season is a filly from Lady Giggles (Happy Giggle). Owned by Joyce Stowe, she is from a half-sister to G2 C B Cox Stakes winner Celtus.
Henny Hughes champion Beholder will defend her Breeders’ Cup crown at Santa Anita next Friday.
Beholder (4f Henny Hughes – Leslie’s Lady by Tricky Creek) won last year’s G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and will be the one to catch in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
The Richard Mandella trained filly is unbeaten in six starts at Santa Anita. She won the G1 Zenyatta Stakes on September 28 but will face her stiffest test to date in the Distaff against Princess of Sylmar and Royal Delta.
Beholder is training the house down with jockey Gary Stevens at Santa Anita. She worked 1400m in 1.24.40s and then drilled 1000 metres in a bullet 58.60s last week.
Henny Hughes (Hennessy) for a $7,700 (inc gst) service fee.
Rangeview’s young sire So Secret (Danetime) has some promising type emerging at the trials and he sired two winners at Lark Hill on Monday.
Warringah Blues (2f So Secret – Cool Deal by Zedrich) won a 400m hit-out for trainer Vaughn Sigley. She is from a daughter of LR Bolton Sprint winner Cool Business.
La Moche (3f So Secret – It’s The Business by Key Business) won a 950m trial by more than two lengths. She is trained by Chris Stelmach who also prepares So Secret’s first winner Secret Diva.
So Secret was a Group 3 winner of the Colonel Reeves Stakes and stands for a $4,400( inc gst) service fee. For more information on Rangeview Stud sires, breeders should call Robbie Gray (0409 243 461) or Jody Gray (0418 933 707).
– Karl Patterson