Barlinnie off to Melbourne after Doomben

Trevor Bailey’s decision to knock back a lucrative offer to train in Melbourne won’t stop him from heading back to Victoria to chase spring riches with Barlinnie.

Bailey’s three kilogram-claiming apprentice Jana Piper, who rode her first winner for her boss aboard Triskele at the Gold Coast last week, will partner Barlinnie in Saturday’s Kartaway Mini Skips Handicap (1350m) at Doomben.

Bailey spent five years in Melbourne forging strong links with the local racing community when he worked as an assistant trainer for his father, Gold Coast-based Alan Bailey.

He subsequently trained for several years in Singapore before returning home to assist his father at the Gold Coast before branching out on his own.

“I had an offer from a group of businessmen to go back to Melbourne to train privately for them but I turned it down,” Bailey said.

“They are big owners with a lot of money behind them but I’ve got a young family living on the Gold Coast so for the time being I’ve decided to stay here.”

Barlinnie, who hasn’t raced since finishing third to Masai Pride at Eagle Farm in early April, has gradually crept up in the weights in Brisbane since arriving from Victoria 18 months ago.

“He’s got 60 kilos on Saturday that’s why I’ve gone for a three-kilo claim from Jana,” Bailey said.

“He’s getting up in the weights in Brisbane and if he happens to win on Saturday then he’d be carrying these sort of weights for the rest of his life.”

Barlinnie will be floated to Melbourne next Tuesday to join stablemate Faster Son who was successful at Sandown on Wednesday.

“There’s plenty of races for him down there but I’ve got nothing particular in mind for him,” Bailey said.

“The choice was either go to Melbourne or spell him again and get him ready for the Doomben Summer Series.

“I could also have given him a barrier trial on Tuesday before going away but there’s no prizemoney for winning trials so we’ve decided to run him on Saturday.”

Bailey is not concerned Barlinnie hasn’t had a barrier trial ahead of his comeback.

“He’s been back in the stables for about 10 weeks and he’s done a lot of groundwork,” he said.

“Not trialling doesn’t worry me. He might be a little underdone but he’ll run well.

“His next run after this will be in Melbourne in a 1400-metre race on Caulfield Cup day.”

Barlinnie was originally trained by Bailey’s close friend Peter Moody in Melbourne before he was transferred north.

Under Moody, Barlinnie won six times and was runner-up to The Fuzz in the Group Two Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington in 2008.

Barlinnie has won three times for Bailey including twice at Listed level in the Doomben Stakes (1350m) in 2008 and Sunshine Coast Cup (1400m) at Caloundra in January this year.