Will Buffering Finally Get Group 1 in 2013 BTC Cup?

Queensland’s number one horse Buffering is a short-priced favourite for Saturday’s $400,000 2013 BTC Cup (1200m) which is set to ensure the 2013 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival  kicks off with a bang this weekend.

Buffering is favourite to win the BTC Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The five-year-old has earned his favouritism with form and history but he has a worrying statistic hanging over his head.

From seven starts at Group 1 level the son of Mossman is still yet to breakthrough.

While trainer Robert Heathcote is not talking to media after receiving a $500 fine for comments he made in an online blog, jockey Damian Browne is happy to talk up the favourite.

“We all know that Buffering is capable of winning a Group 1 race. It is just a matter of getting the monkey off his back,” Browne told News Limited.

“He probably feels better than he has ever felt.”

So will Buffering finally break his Group 1 duck? Or will it be yet  another Group 1 placing for the star speedster?

Keep reading for the stats that matter and the pros and cons about Buffering’s chances in this weekend’s exciting sprint.

#1 Buffering – Horse Facts

  • Trainer: Robert Heathcote
  • Jockey: Damian Browne
  • Barrier: 7
  • Owner: Mrs V Heathcote, S Krslovic, C Moore, R Ciobo, S Chipperfield, C Lord, Crafty Racing Synd, Aspariamo Racing Synd & B Harry
  • Age: 5YO
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breeding: by Mossman out of Action Annie
  • Career: 31-12-7-4
  • Prize Money: $2,244,900
  • Distance: 20-7-5-3
  • Track: 7-4-1-0
  • Last 6: 1168s1
  • Current BTC Cup Odds: $2.50

Why Buffering Can Win the 2013 BTC Cup

  • Proven weight-for-age performer, with an outstanding record
  • Seven-time Group 1 placegetter including form around Black Caviar
  • Big lead-up win in the Victory Stakes
  • Racing at his most ideal distance
  • Racing at his home track
  • This race has been the primary goal

Why Buffering Can’t Win the 2013 BTC Cup

  • Yet to break through in the top grade, Group 1 bridesmaid forever?
  • Drawn in barrier seven, outside top rivals Rain Affair and Sea Siren

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