After an eye-catching effort first-up at Moonee Valley last Friday night, Rob Heathcote’s multiple Group 1 performer Buffering has opened favourite to win the Manikato Stakes 2012 back at the track at the end of the month.
The Mossman gelding has run in 11 Group 1 features over their 27 start career to date for seven top three finishes, Brisbane trainer Heathcote hopeful this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival will see Buffering break their Group 1 duck with the likes of ace sprinters Black Caviar and Hay List out of the picture.
The race that they look the best chance of doing that in is the $750,000 Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) run under the lights at Moonee Valley on Friday October 26.
Buffering ran a disappointing fourth second-up in last year’s Manikato Stakes behind the now retired superstar Sepoy.
Like last spring when they won first-up in the Group 3 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley, Buffering’s resuming run this time in was also at the Valley and was also successful as they were able to narrowly defeat Ready To Rip in the Group 2 AJ Moir Stakes (1200m) on September 28.
This week our preferred online bookie bookmaker.com.au opened their 2012 Manikato Stakes betting markets and Buffering, unsurprisingly, has opened the $5 favourite.
With a trip to Hong Kong at the end of the year also on the cards for Buffering, Heathcote admits to having some mild concerns over the way the sprinter responded to his inoculations.
Originally Heathcote was looking to back Buffering up in the $220,000 Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on October 13 however their second-up run could be put on the backburner if they don’t show improvement soon.
“I’ve been told it often clears up within 48 hours and if that’s the case we will be right, because I hadn’t planned to do anything with him early this week anyway,” Heathcote said.
“The Manikato is the main goal, so if I’m not totally happy after he gallops next Tuesday he won’t be running (in the Schillaci).”
Narrow second favourite in the Manikato Stakes odds is then the Jason Warren-trained Bel Sprinter at $5.50 followed by Gerald Ryan’s classy Snitzel filly Snitzerland ($8) who is the only other single-figure chance in the latest markets.
Bel Sprinter also resumed with a first-up win having taken out the race Buffering won last year, the McEwen Stakes, while Golden Slipper runner-up Snitzerland has had three runs for three wins this time in with victories in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill, the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington and most recently the Group 3 Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
Other top fancies in a relatively open Manikato Stakes betting picture then include:
- Sea Siren ($10) – John O’Shea’s BTC Cup – Doomben 10,000 double winner is yet to resume after their ninth in the Stradbroke but has class and is a brilliant sprinter, also yet to race in Melbourne
- Rain Affair ($11) – One of the most consistent runners getting around, Joe Pride’s Commands gelding boasts 11 wins from 16 starts and were last seen finishing fourth in the Concorde Stakes
- Moment Of Change ($12) – Boom Peter Moody-trained four-year-old has had three runs this time in for two victories most recently breaking their Group 1 maiden status in last Sunday’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, 1200m at the Valley may be a bit sharp
- Pampelonne ($13) – Tim Martin-trained Rock Of Gibraltar won the Group 2 The Shorts first-up at Randwick giving them three wins from four starts over the 1200m
Manikato Stakes 2012 first acceptances are due to be taken next Tuesday, October 9.
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2012 Manikato Stakes Odds
Moonee Valley – 26/10/2012
|MOMENT OF CHANGE||12.00|
|READY TO RIP||14.00|
|TEMPLE OF BOOM||14.00|
|WE’RE GONNA ROCK||15.00|
|MID SUMMER MUSIC||18.00|
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