Snowdens hopeful for Barbaric
Barbaric has not had a smooth time of it since he won the Group 3 Black Opal Stakes over 1200 metres at Canberra in March last year, but co-trainers Peter and Paul Snowden are confident the colt is back on the right path.
The talented but lightly-raced three-year-old is 9.00 in the eight-runner July Sprint over 1100 metres at Rosehill on Saturday, the fourth contest on their ten-race card.
You've got to be above average to win now.Peter Snowden
Barbaric won two of his three starts as a juvenile, but has raced just once since his Black Opal success, in Canberra, when last of eight behind Eleven Eleven at the Wyong Magic Millions race day in December.
The colt has endured a few hiccups, including a throat operation, but is now trouble-free and has had three barrier trials since the beginning of June in preparation for his first race in seven months.
"It's the best he has been moving and his three trials have all been solid," Peter Snowden said, revealing that Barbaric was originally slated to kick off in the Quayclean Handicap on the Rosehill program.
"I wasn't going to run him in the race, but when I saw the noms come out, I thought he might be better placed there than the Benchmark 88 race," he continued.
"The carnival is right around the corner, so you're going to start seeing a lot of good horses coming to the races from now on," Snowden added.
"Saturday is just the start of it and it will keep getting stronger and stronger. You've got to be above average to win now."