Things didn’t go to plan in Melbourne with Barakey almost two years ago, but Jim Taylor is happy to contemplate another trip east with a member of the family, reports Racing Victoria (

The Perth trainer has flagged tackling feature sprint options on the other side of the Nullarbor with Magnifisio, winner of Saturday’s $750,000 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot.

Magnifisio is closely related to Barakey, the 2012 Winterbottom winner who endured a forgettable Melbourne campaign a few months later, and while Taylor said she does not have the ability of Barakey she makes up for it in other areas.

“She’s got something on Barakey; she’s a lot sounder,” Taylor told RSN’s Correct Weight.

“That’s why he can’t travel, because of his bad legs, but she’s a very sound horse and she probably could do that now.”

Magnifisio is a five-year-old by Magnus out of Ifestio, who is a daughter of Barakey’s dam Dance Hi.

Barakey came to Melbourne for the feature sprints early in 2013 but was scratched at the barrier in the Oakleigh Plate and was beaten as favourite in the Newmarket Handicap when injured during the race.

Taylor has those options and more for Magnifisio being a mare, but suggested if she did travel east she would be kept to the sprints.

“I think her pet distance is 1200, so when she’s meeting the good company I think I’d stick with 12,” he said.

The 1200m Group 1 races in Melbourne in autumn are the $1 million Newmarket Handicap at Flemington on 14 March and the $500,000 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley 13 days later.

Other Group 1 races over 1200m in the second of the season are the T.J. Smith Stakes at Randwick, BTC Cup in Brisbane and the Sportingbet Classic – for fillies and mares only – and The Goodwood in Adelaide.