Barbaricus on comeback trail

Caulfield Cup placegetter Barbaricus returns to work at Danny O’Brien’s Barwon Heads training facility this week as his comeback from injury ramps up.

After a breakout 2008 spring for the grey gelding, which was highlighted by a mammoth third in the Caulfield Cup and an agonizing nose defeat in the Mackinnon Stakes, O’Brien took Barbaricus to Dubai last autumn.

The horse ran an encouraging third at his first start at Nad Al Sheba before a respiratory infection ended his campaign and it was also found that he had injured a tendon. This forced the horse out of the 2009 Spring Carnival.

Once released from Quarantine, the Lion Hunter five-year-old undertook a specialised recovery regime and he is now ready to return to the rigors of a training preparation.

“He has responded well to his recovery plan and in the past month he has worked on a water walker which will hold him in good stead for this coming campaign,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien’s vets are confident of getting the horse back to races however the Flemington trainer would not set any targets for his return.

“Time will tell if he can get back to the heights of his 2008 carnival and our fingers are crossed that he does, however we will just take him along slowly,” a hopeful O’Brien said.

“He has met all the indicators that our vets wanted to see during his recovery so we will get him back into training and see how well he progresses.”

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