Barbaric Shows True Colours

A Cambridge galloper long considered to be of Group One ability by his trainer is on target to fulfil that potential.

Barbaric put his injury troubles behind him to post an impressive win at Ruakaka on Saturday for Stephen Marsh.

“His feet are really looking good now and I was confident he was bang on,” Marsh said. “I don’t think I’ve had him any better.

“His off-front foot was the one plaguing him and he couldn’t lead on it and that’s why he was in trouble on right-handed tracks.

“Now he’s right we’ll give him a three-week freshen up and look to the spring and summer and races like the Concorde and the Railway – he really deserves his chance. He’s a very smart horse.”

Barbaric is raced by his breeders, Goodwood Stud’s Rex and William Fell, and he’s now won six of his 16 starts.

A chestnut son of Pins, the five-year-old had finished fifth at Ellerslie at his previous run and Marsh is confident the best is yet to come from the gelding.