Promising Signs for Buffering Ahead of Doomben 10,000

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.


Buffering is showing promising signs of recovering in time for the Doomben 10,000

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 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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