The WA racing industry was saddened to hear of the retirement of one of its favourite sons – Barakey – who ran its final race in the Northam Stakes.
Speaking on Racing Radio this morning, trainer Jim Taylor officially broke the news of his champ after it pulled up with enflamed knees following the weekend run.
Leading to the turn in the Northam feature, Barakey was obviously feeling the pinch over the final furlong when fading late to finish an uncharacteristic one length fifth to Dawn Approach.
Taylor had hoped on getting the Key Business 7yo to the Group 3 WFA Roma Cup 1200m mid-month, but after assessments on Monday morning decided his boy had done enough.
Winner of 13 from 17 starts including its first 11 in a row back in 2012 which culminated with a brave victory in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes, Barakey amassed $832,200 for connections in a lightly raced career that spanned the last four years.