Top fancy for the BTC Cup 2012 at Doomben on Saturday, Rob Heathcote’s top galloper Buffering will undergo a veterinary examination before being cleared to run in the opening Group 1 of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
Heathcote reported to Racing Queensland stewards Friday morning that the Mossman four-year-old, a seven length winner at Eagle Farm last week in the wet, was suffering signs of soreness.
The astute trainer noticed the setback after Buffering worked in Brisbane this morning.
“I walked Buffering to the track and back to his stable and he was fine,” Heathcote said.
“He had just been hosed down when one of my staff noticed his action was a little short.
“I called in my vet immediately and it looks like he’s got a small stone bruise.”
Buffering, who has run in nine Group 1 features over his career but is yet to break through at elite level, was examined immediately by Heathcote’s stable veterinary Dr Phillip Burguez.
Dr Burguez’s report was that Buffering was exhibiting heightened sensitivity in the near fore foot.
“I’ve poulticed the hoof to draw some of the pain out and the vets say he’s better than a 50-50 chance of starting but I’m not so sure,” Heathcote said.
“It’s not too serious but I’ve been around long enough to know how long it takes for these injuries to come right.”
The galloper is already being treated and stewards have ordered Racing Queensland’s chief veterinary surgeon Dr Martin Lenz to conduct another examination tomorrow morning.
If Buffering is not clear to run in the $400,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m), a race they finished third in behind star raiders Black Caviar and Hay List 12 months ago, then the Doomben headliner will have lost its classiest competitor.
In the latest BTC Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au Buffering is the $2.60 favourite despite having drawn wide in barrier 14 of 15.
Two of their rivals are also under double figures in the latest BTC Cup betting markets with the Joe Pride-trained Neeson and John O’Shea’s smart young Stradbroke Handicap bound filly Sea Siren both paying $7.50.
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