Chautauqua and Buffering Favoured in Chairman’s Sprint at Sha Tin
After winning his last two races, the last one being the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint in the UAE, Buffering’s trainer Robert Heathcote does not expect Hong Kong’s heat and humidity to adversely affect the eight-year-old Bay gelding when he makes his 53rd jump in the Chairman’s Sprint Sunday at Sha Tin.
Buffering is certainly an adaptable veteran and his recent gallop over 1200m of Sha Tin turf seems to indicate that he is in nice form, according to both his trainer and track work rider Melanie Sharp.
Buffering will be going for his fifth Group 1 win. Prior to notching his fourth in the Al Quoz Sprint, his last win at top quality was the 2015 A.J. Moir Stakes.
Also being tried in the Chairman’s Sprint is Chautauqua that also got an opportunity to sample the turf after working out previously on the all-weather track at Sha Tin. The Hong Kong Jockey Club timing system reported that the horse blazed his final 200 metres in 10.4 seconds.
Chautauqua trainer John Hawkes says that he does not pay much attention to times with the horse, as Chautauqua seems capable of doing whatever is necessary to win. He recently won the T. J. Smith comfortably on a soft track.