Barbaricus finishes third in Dubai

Barbaricus began his Dubai campaign with a bang last night at Nad Al Sheba racecourse with an excellent third.Having just his second start this preparation the four-year-old gelding worked forward from the widest gate to sit on the solid speed set by Hello Morning, who faded to finish near last in the 2000m event.

Despite being no match for the powerful finishing burst of Goldolphin’s Kirklees, ridden by Frankie Dettori, Barbaricus’ effort to finish in the placings was excellent.

“We are very happy with his effort in this race. His fitness just gave out in the latter part of the race, but it was very encouraging,” O’Brien said.

“He has much improvement left in him so we are looking forward to the rest of his campaign over there.”

The grey’s next race will be over 2000m again at Nad Al Sheba in two weeks on Thursday, February 27.

To view the race courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club click here and then once the page loads select Race 7

Photo by Bruno Cannatelli, to view Bruno’s website click here