Stephen Marsh believes the Goodwood Stud-bred and raced Barbaric only needs to stay healthy this preparation to realise his Group One potential.
“I’ve always thought he could be a Thorndon horse, but he may even be a Telegraph sort,” the Cambridge trainer said.
“He’s a very, very good horse with stacks of ability. It’s just that he’s had so many issues with his feet and joints.”
By Pins, Barbaric recently won a trial on his home track and will resume from another injury-forced break this Saturday.
“He’ll run in a Rating 75 over 1200 metres and will get 63kg and we’ll put Mick Dee on so he’ll carry 60kg,” Marsh said.
“Then there’s the Timpson Memorial at Te Rapa on November 9 and that’s worth $50,000 and we’ll see about getting him up to a mile.”
The winner of three of his eight starts, Barbaric made his last appearance at Te Rapa in April.
“He went out a sore horse and we gave him a really good spell and his feet have grown out and he’s the best he’s ever been,” Marsh said.
“He spelled at Bruce and Maureen Harvey’s Ascot Farm and they did a super job with him. He did his first month of pre-training there so all credit to them.”
Barbaric is out Brunzees Magic, a grand-daughter of the family’s Gr.1 Railway Handicap winner Silver liner.
“Rex and William have been really patient with the horse and I’m sure they will get their rewards this time in,” Marsh said.