The Dalghar gelding broke from gate 12 in that first start and overcame a wide run to finish within a length of the stakes-performed Barcelo. With the benefit of that experience under his belt, he took a giant leap forward this afternoon.After an eye-catching run for second to Barcelo on debut at Ruakaka two weeks ago, local two-year-old Barabas turned the tables on that runner for a convincing win in today’s Tavistock Syndicate Owners 2YO.
Kelly McCulloch had the Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs-trained runner tracking the early leader Magic Warrior in the 1000-metre event before taking over in the straight with a powerful kick. Barcelo tried hard to run him down but Barabas kept kicking and was out of his reach, scoring by a convincing two and a quarter lengths. Barcelo took second by three-quarters of a length from the fast-finishing Miss Catherine.
“That was a very gutsy effort today,” Logan told www.theinformant.co.nz. “He won with real authority and Kelly said he had plenty left in the tank, which was exciting to hear.”
Barabas, who is also part-owned by Logan, is the second Dalghar two-year-old winner this season for Logan and Gibbs. The Ruakaka trainers took out the Listed Champagne Stakes at Ellerslie with the high-class filly Astara.
Astara is one of four Logan-Gibbs runners being set for the Listed Tavistock Northland Breeders’ Stakes in September, the others being Wyndspelle, Mongolian Falcon and The Soultaker. Logan said Barabas had the potential to join them.
“You never know,” she said. “I think he’d be up to it, but we’re going to have quite a few in that race already. We’ll have to think about it and see how he’s going.”