The best backed runner on today’s Rotorua card had no trouble justifying his wealth of support with a resounding victory.
The Goodwood Stud-bred and raced Barbaric was highly impressive in his seasonal return for trainer Stephen Marsh.
“He’s a very good horse and this is the first time I’ve had him sound,” he said.
“He’ll go straight through the grades – he’s Group One material.”
The winner of four of his nine starts, the hot favourite Barbaric settled in the body of the field before rider Michael Dee angled him wide on the turn.
The son of Pins and Burnzees Magic lengthened stride and coasted clear to make light of his 60kg.
“He (Dee) got into a bit of trouble, but it wasn’t his fault and he didn’t panic,” Marsh said.
“He got out and gave him plenty of clear air in the straight, which was always the plan.”