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Moir First-Up For Buffering

Thursday, 16th July 2015

Queensland trainer Robert Heathcote has provided an update on star sprinter Buffering (Mossman-Action Annie, by Anabaa) who is set to defend his title in the Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) in September. "I'm very happy with him. He's been back in for three weeks now. He had a couple of weeks of light work at Washpool [Washpool Lodge, pre-training and spelling farm] and he's been back with me for a week-and-a-half," Heathcote told RSNs Shane Anderson. "We'll start off in the Moir. I see its been reduced to 1000 metres, which is not ideal for Buffering to be honest but he will be there to defend his title. From there he will go to the Manikato." Buffering was forced to miss the Brisbane winter carnival after injuring himself in trackwork in March, but Heathcote believes the extended layoff has benefited the ageing sprinter. "The injury he suffered wasn't a bad injury but it required a break, and a break at that time leading into the winter carnival meant the carnival was out," he said. "He's had a good long spell and at this stage of his career, he's a rising 8YO now, it may turn out to be a blessing." Heathcote said the 4-time Gr1 winner would only have one official trial before resuming in the Moir at Moonee Valley on Friday 25 September. "He will probably just have the one trial and a couple of exhibition gallops at Doomben at this stage," he said.

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