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Star West Australian sprinter Barakey (Key Business-Dance Hi, by Key Dancer) has been retired, reports The West Australian. Trainer Jim Taylor and connections announced the Gr1 winner's retirement after he finished fifth as favourite in last Sunday's Listed Northam Stakes. The 7YO son of Key Business quickly established himself as a sprinter of the highest order when winning his first 11 starts, including stakes victories in the Northam Stakes, Colonel Reeves Stakes and Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes in 2012. He then suffered his first defeat when making his Eastern State debut in the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington the following year, pulling up with a severe knee injury that required surgery. Unfortunately for connections Barakey was never quite the same horse, although he did manage to land additional feature wins in the Gr3 Prince Of Wales Stakes and the Listed Goodwood Sprint Handicap, where he defeated rising star Smoko. Barakey retires with the outstanding record of 13 wins from 17 starts for $864,500 in prize money.