Buffering Confirmed to Resume in 2014 Moir Stakes

August 4th, 2014

A standout performer over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, trainer Robert Heathcote has revealed Group 1 champion Buffering will return to racing in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on September 26th.

Buffering will return to racing in the 2014 Moir Stakes

Buffering will return to racing in the 2014 Moir Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Unlucky to finish second in the 2013 edition of the Moir Stakes, Buffering responded in the best way possible; securing three incredible victories back-to-back in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m), Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) and Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).

Having reportedly taken well to his time in the spelling paddock following a competitive four race preparation over autumn and winter, Heathcote said he is confident of another successful preparation for the Mossman gelding this time in, but conceded the task at hand is particularly difficult as a result of likely meetings with the world’s leading sprinter Lankan Rupee.

“He has been back in the stable for a couple of weeks and I am delighted to say that he looks in fantastic order,” Heathcote told Racing Ahead.

“He looks good, he doesn’t have a bit pot belly and he is lovely and health in the coat.

“Hopefully we are on target for another big spring.

“He is going to be kicking off in the Moir Stakes and then four weeks into the Manikato and the VRC Sprint.

“I am under no illusions; it is going to be an enormous task particularly with the world’s best sprinter at the moment, Lankan Rupee awaiting us.

“If I can have Buffering in the best condition as I can than we certainly know that he can be competitive.

“I’m confident that with a good spell he can bounce back.”

Yet to confirm a path beyond the VRC Sprint (now known as the Darley Classic), Heathcote said a trip abroad to Hong Kong may well and truly be on the cards for Buffering.

“It is something that I wanted to do two years ago and he went off the boil when he was given his vaccinations and last year we elected to go to Perth where he won the Winterbottom,” Heathcote added.

“This year he has already had his primary course of inoculations while he was out spelling and just has to have a touch-up boost before he goes.”

Securing an impressive total of 15 wins and 17 minor places from 42 career starts so far, Buffering finished seventh in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1200m) first-up this year before claiming three third place finishes back-to-back in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m), Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) and Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m).

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