Queensland star sprinter Buffering is showing signs of making a full recovery in time to prepare for Saturday week’s 2012 Doomben 10,000following a stone bruise that saw him scratched from last Saturday’s BTC Cup.
Trainer Robert Heathcote took the talented four-year-old to the beach yesterday for a 40-minute walk and said he is aiming to give him a light workout on Thursday.
“Some of the bruising is starting to come out,” he said.
“Hopefully it will all clear up by Thursday so I can work him but these sorts of injuries can linger on.”
Buffering has run behind stars Black Caviar and Hay List on numerous occasions but looked likely to claim a first ever Group 1 title in the BTC Cup before the injury became apparent on Friday.
If the Brisbane-based sprinter does make it to the Doomben 10,000 starting line, he will be facing a tough test to record his first elite level victory in what will be his first step up to 1350 metres.
He remains the $3.50 bookmaker.com.au favourite to take out the $650,000 Group 1 feature ahead of eventual BTC Cup winner Sea Siren ($6.50).
Sea Siren put the racing world on notice when winning by more than a length in the feature sprint and is now on target to attempt a rare BTC Cup, Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap treble.
The three-year-old filly was yesterday allocated 52.5kg for the $1 million Stradbroke Handicap and sits as $9.00 second favourite behind Peter Snowden-trained Mental ($8.00).
Buffering recieved 57kg, just one kilogram less than two-time Group 1 winner Albert The Fat which could see Heathcote skip the race and give him an early rest ahead of the spring.
“I was a little disappointed with the weight they gave him, 57 kilos for a horse that’s never won a Group 1,” Heathcote said.
“If I didn’t run in the Stradbroke that just means it’s a couple of extra weeks he can have in the paddock.”
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