Barbaric ready to realise his potential

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh put Barbaric to the test at Rotorua yesterday and the problem-plagued galloper passed with flying colours.

Marsh has always rated Barbaric very highly but hoof problems have prevented the son of Pins from a better record than the four wins and three placings from nine starts.

“When he’s been right he’s shown what a good horse he is,” said Marsh. “And when he’s been beaten he’s always had an excuse.

“I’ve had so much trouble with his feet, but this time up he seems so much better. He hasn’t had the same trouble and hopefully we can see the real Barbaric this season.”

Barbaric showed he was on the right track when winning at the Cambridge trials earlier this month, but he faced a tough task with the topweight of 60kg in the T. W. Moore 1200 yesterday. Originally he was handicapped at 63kg but Marsh made use of the 3kg claim of talented apprentice Michael Dee.

It was Dee’s cool head which told aboard Barbaric after the horse settled back second-last and was still standing the leaders up a big start approaching the home turn.

“I was worried he was too far back but the kid didn’t panic. He knew what he had and he did the job,” said Marsh. “He’s a very good young rider.”

Barbaric unleashed a strong finish to collar the leaders inside the 150 metres and go on to score by a length and three-quarters from Jubilate, who fought well ahead of Calypso.

“Provided he comes through the race well, he’ll head to Te Rapa for the (Listed) Tony Timpson Sprint), “said Marsh. “He could be a good horse for a race like the Thorndon Mile this year. He’s up to winning a Group One.”

Owned by Goodwood Stud, Barbaric is from the capable mare Burnzees Magic, who won six races and is a grand-daughter of the Gr.1 Railway Handicap winner Ajasco.