Buffering Earns a Rest Might Race A.J. Moir at Moonee Valley

After finishing a dismal last in the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint at Sha Tin, it would have been natural to assume that the eight-year-old gelding might be headed back to the paddock for the final time.

The decision has been put off, however, as his trainer Robert Heathcote has decided to rest the horse through the winter. Veterinarians later discovered that Buffering was lame in his off fore fetlock and was bleeding internally as well, meaning that if the horse can get right again after a spell, he might well return to the track in the spring.

The horse is due back from Hong Kong next week, which will be followed by a two-week quarantine in Melbourne before he returns to his spelling ground.

Buffering had three consecutive wins prior to the Chairman’s Sprint, including two Group 1s, so it would appear that he still has racing left in him provided he can recover.

Likely races for Buffering would be the Group 1 A.J. Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley, which he has already won thrice, or he could go for his third Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot.

He has won well over $7 million and has no value for breeding purposes, so prize money would seem to be the route to take.

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