Barnes after another Caffyn Plate win


There is a picture which takes pride of place at McKayler Barnes’ home as a reminder of maybe her best day at the track.

It’s special as Gotta Go Artelect remains her only Menangle winner, but more so because the race it won celebrated Indigenous drivers in harness racing, the JC Caffyn Plate.

McKayler Barnes shows off  the special set of colours for the JC Caffyn Plate

McKayler Barnes shows off the special set of colours for the JC Caffyn Plate

“The photo is in a frame with the medal I got for winning [in 2018],” Barnes said. “I don’t get to drive too much at Menangle, so any win there would be special, but for it to come in that race [for Indigenous drivers] made it better.

“I think everyone one of us wants to win this race, it’s like a group 1 for us.