Buffering Back to Best for 2016 Moir Stakes

September 27th, 2016

Trainer Robert Heathcote is thrilled that veteran sprinter Buffering has returned to form and great condition ahead of his return and defence of the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Buffering will return to racing in Friday's Group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley. Photo: Steve Hart

Buffering will return to racing in Friday’s Group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley. Photo: Steve Hart

A multiple Group 1 champion, Buffering was set on a trip abroad earlier this year; winning the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint (1200m) in the middle east but failing to produce anything or beat a runner home when checked in the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) in Hong Kong on May 1st.

Fearing the Mossman gelding’s career was finally over after his most recent run, Heathcote has been thrilled with the way the nine-year-old has returned to competitive condition and is excited by the prospect of the Moir Stakes 2016.

“It is just an amazing return and he has come back seemingly as good as ever,” Heathcote told the Herald Sun.

“It’s incredible. The reality was that, yes, it could have been his last race in Hong Kong and he ran a bad race, but there were reasons behind it and he was lame and they did an endoscopy on him and found he’d had bled down in his engine room.

“And you think, well, that might be it.

“We are coming to Moonee Valley with a horse that has got a few things in his favour, but I take a lot of heart out of what older Takeover Target did.

“He won a Group 1 when he was nine and raced at Royal Ascot when he was 10 and he was a freak, and so too is Buffering.

“I look at this horse every day and marvel at him. He is just an unbelievable racehorse and his enthusiasm levels are as high as they’ve been in the last three or four years.”

Buffering has posted an impressive twenty race wins and seven minors through a total of fifty-three career starts, since debuting to competition in the early stages of 2010.

Buffering is currently available at 2016 Moir Stakes odds of $8 for success; perched on the fourth line behind Chautauqua ($2.25), Extreme Choice ($4) and Lucky Hussler ($7) with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.