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Barbass to break new ground at Randwick on Saturday

Ric Chapman in Interviews 26 May 2016
  • Cameron Crockett discusses his $4k purchase Barbass
  • Barbass will make his city debut at Randwick on Saturday
Cameron Crockett with his star 2YO Barbass

New ground will be broken at Randwick on Saturday when bush galloper BARBASS steps out in the opening race, the 1400m for 2YOs.

New ground in the sense: it's the first time Mudgee-based trainer Cameron Crockett has ever had a Saturday city runner, and obviously if Barbass can do the maths there. And he might.

This is a very progressive, tough, Adonis-like animal with loads and loads of talent.

He showed a bit of that last start when he absolutely rocketed home final 200m to win the big $100,000 Inglis Scone Classic at Scone over 1200m.

It was Cameron’s biggest success as a trainer...and what, how, when...he did it with a horse that cost just $4000 as a yearling.

“I was always going to buy him at the sale for a few reasons. One, because a client of the stable, Des Kennedy bred him, and secondly because he is just the complete package as a horse. He has everything," Crockett said.

“Wow, where do I start? Constitution, temperament, speed, he’s progressive, has willingness, strength, a great action, beautiful head, eye, and confirmation. He’s the whole package," said Crockett, who carved his niche in the thoroughbred world as a breaker of horses.

Those familiar with racing, particularly in the bush, may even recognise Cameron's name. He’s a Crockett - son of legendary bush mentor Max Crockett, and no relation to Davey.

Over the years they’ve (the Mudgee Crocketts) helped make the Gooree empire what it is today. Breaking-in their horses, pre-training, that sort of thing.

But now it's Cameron's turn to shine on his own.

He only started training on his own in 2014, when a friend of the family, this Kennedy fellow, gave him ARE YOU SURE to train. Des bred him too and he's a tough as nails old country cups type who does not know how to run a bad race.

A real money spinner with $224,000 earned thus far for Cam and his wife, Des and his misses.

"Des breeds a lot of useful horses and he bred Barbass," he said. "He ran him through the Inglis Scone sale, and we bought him. It's already a great ride and the best is yet to come.

“The horse is just on a learning curve right now.”

What a ride then this will be. Barbass (Benfica-Misasio) has already earned $90,350 from just 5 starts.

"I'm not going to rush him," he said. "I'm all about building confidence in a young horse and being patient, especially with something like him. He's not a natural 2yo and really, things are only just sinking in.

"This prep is just education and confidence as far as I'm concerned," Crockett said, which explains why Barbass did not accept for the Group 2 Sires' in Queensland this Saturday.

On a whim he was nominated for the big race, but the young mentor thought Randwick was easier.

"He could have gone there but it's a bit like a kid who is advanced," he said. "They can hold their own in that harder company but if they aren't really ready physically or mentally, it can hurt them.

“As a 3yo, by all means. He’ll be ready then."

At the moment the young raw-boned Barbass is the focal point and centre-piece of a young man’s stable that consists of about 14 horses.

Should he win at Randwick, and he's a very good chance to show the Godolphins and Snowdens and Hawkes runners how it's done, it would make him a horse worth a fair bit....not bad for a $4k purchase.

And it wouldn’t hurt the rising reputation Crockett is building either.

Two runs from a spell have Barbass absolutely rock hard and ready to rumble. We’re in the middle of the month of Barbass if you like. 

At the least, it’s a wonderful glance into the full skill set of a passionate, intelligent young country trainer and a horse equally as gifted.

At the most, it’s a tantalising start to a future of littered with riches for both. 

And whatever it becomes, in time - one thing we all know for sure: this Saturday's new ground will be well trodden by Crockett and his horses hence forth.

A new era has emerged.

Barbass is $25 with sportsbet.

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