Record-breaking win by Barbaric

Barbaric (Lee Magorrian) finishing best to win at Te Rapa yesterday. (photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images)

Barbaric (Lee Magorrian) finishing best to win at Te Rapa yesterday. (photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images)

Cambridge sprinter Barbaric once again demonstrated his fresh-up class when he recaptured his best form in record-breaking time at Te Rapa yesterday.

In winning the Listed Legacy Lodge Sprint, the seven-year-old took his record to eight wins from just 24 starts and five of the wins have come when resuming from a 90-day or more break.

Having shaken off the hoof problems which plagued him as a younger horse, the son of Pins is in a position to add further to his record, according to trainer Stephen Marsh.

“I thought he would be a good chance on Saturday as his work had been good and he had really come on after his trial last month,” said Marsh, who was at Riccarton yesterday.

“He won nicely three starts ago but then struck tracks that were just far too wet for him in his last couple of runs. With the short break he had and a decent track on the weekend we thought he would go well.

“The speed on suited him perfectly and it was a beautiful ride by Lee Magorrian. He showed plenty of patience and great judgement to guide him through the field rather than coming wide around them.”

Marsh was also delighted for the gelding’s owners, Rex and William Fell of Goodwood Stud.

“It was a thrill to get the win for the Fell’s as Rex hasn’t been in the best of health of late so hopefully that will be a tonic for him” he said.

Meanwhile, Marsh will be concentrating on sprints for Rocanto after the three-year-old finished unplaced over 1600 metres in the Gr.1 Sothys NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton.

“He didn’t really get the 1600 metre trip so he will go in the paddock now for a break,” he said. “He can have a good freshen-up before we bring him back in the autumn. We will look at some of the sprint features on offer around that time.”

Marsh also reported Gr. 1 New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas contender No More Tears was ready for a big effort in the three-year old fillies feature at Riccarton next Saturday.

The daughter of Darci Brahma has thrived since her last-start Ellerslie win in the Listed Soliloquy Stakes.

NZ Racing Desk