Winks chasing weight-for-age upset

Jockey James Winks, who nailed one of the biggest weight-for-age upsets in recent times on Douro Valley, is hoping to repeat the dose in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes on another Danny O'Brien-trained galloper.

Barbaricus has opened at $81 with TAB Sportsbet after a field of just six, spearheaded by three-time Group 1-winning mare Typhoon Tracy, accepted on Wednesday for Saturday's Group 1 feature at Caulfield.

Winks won the 2008 Yalumba Stakes on Douro Valley, who was the rank outsider at $41 in a field of seven and led all the way.

Barbaricus has had two conditioning runs since injuring a tendon last year.

Last start he carried 60kg and pleased Winks with the way he battled strongly to the line, albeit five lengths from the winner Stillme, in the Rosier Commercial Furniture Handicap (1500m) at Moonee Valley.

"It was a good run the other day with a big weight and he kept getting to the line," Winks said.

"He is getting there and I expect him do something on Saturday."

Barbaricus will back up seven days after the 1600m Futurity in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) if he runs well on Saturday.

"I think we will see a good enough run from him," Winks said.

"A first-three finish would be a good result.

"At level weights this week will probably help him and he is going well on the track."

Barbaricus is a class act at his best and was a gut-busting third to All The Good in the 2008 Caulfield Cup before a nose second to Theseo in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes, pictured above.

He campaigned in Dubai last February, but at his second run at Nad Al Sheba pulled up with a respiratory infection and an injured tendon.

The rehabilitation has been slow, but deliberate with the gelding doing a lot work on a water walker and based much of the time at O'Brien's newly-established Barwon Heads training complex.

The five-year-old son of Lion Hunter has won three of his 20 starts, but has also been placed another nine times with earnings just shy of $600,000.

Typhoon Tracy, as the last-start first-up winner of the Group 1 Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, dominates the Futurity market at $1.60.

Another triple Group 1 winner, Sniper's Bullet, and Hong Kong Group 1 placegetter Dao Dao share the second line at $5.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Kilmore Cup winner Joku is at $10 and New Zealander Lord Tavistock is $18.

Story by AAP

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