Buffering on track for Moir Stakes return after scoring impressive barrier trial win at Doomben

BUFFERING blitzed the clock but regular partner Damian Browne still feel there’s plenty of improvement needed ahead of the nine-year-old’s return in the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley on September 30.

In a treat for midweek racegoers at Doomben, Buffering won a trial featuring multiple stakes-winning stablemate Hopfgarten, Stradbroke placegetter The Virginian, Saturday performed Brazen Moss and Tatts Tiara winner Miss Cover Girl.

Trainer Rob Heathcote is away on a skiing trip, but was delighted when part-owner Rob Ciobo sent through the official times from the trial.Buffering burnt them off early and despite not being pressured too much by Browne, stopped the clock in 59.58, which is only marginally outside Hidden Pearl’s 59.19 course record lodged last October. The official sectional was a blistering 32.14.

Buffering snuggles up to strapper Mel Sharpe before his trial. Picture: Darren England

 

“I’m sure it would have looked good to the eye, but he’s not quite there yet,” Browne said. “He’s still a bit thick in the wind and he pulled up bigger than I thought he would.

“He still has some fitness to work on before he goes to the races.”

The Toby Edmonds-trained The Virginian showed he had taken no harm from his mild colic attack last Saturday when finishing strongly for third. The Virginian was a late scratching at Eagle Farm on Saturday, but Jeff Lloyd said he felt spot on in the trial.

“It was just like a real race,” Lloyd said. “Buffering really ran them along. I was very happy with the way he hit the line. He was very good the last 100m and he felt 100 per cent.”

Buffering is on track to resume in the Mori Stakes later this month. Picture: Darren England

 

Edmonds has plans for The Virginian to run first-up in the Testa Rossa Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday week, where it is understood Damien Oliver has been booked to ride.

Edmonds may have unearthed another stakes performer on Wednesday in the shape of maiden winner Mr Wind, who was overlooked for Hong Kong on vet’s advice.

“That panned out well for our stable — we were lucky,” Edmonds said. “I did expect him to win like that. He’s got plenty of ability and it’s exciting.”

Lloyd said Mr Wind’s condition gave out in the last 100m, which flattered his rivals, who were able to get within two lengths of him on the line.

“I don’t like putting a rap on a horse, but this guy could be a really good horse,” Lloyd said. “I thought he would win like that. His trials have been enormous.”

 

Story courtesy Nathan Exelby  Brisbane Courier Mail

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