Veteran Buffering May Supply Healthy Dividend in Manikato Stakes

There is not much margin for error when the race is a sprint. Lesson learned, says Buffering trainer Rob Heathcote, who feels his charge was unprepared, leading to a fifth place finish in the Group 1 Moir Stakes at the Moonee Valley meeting that closed out September.

Heathcote expressed bafflement, however, as to why Buffering, which had only a head belonging to Chautauqua between him and fourth place, is priced so far behind Chautauqua for the Friday night running of the Group 1 Manikato Stakes.

It certainly is not the extra 200 m of turf that explains Chautauqua at $2.20 and Buffering at $11. It does seem to be some sign of disrespect for the nine-year-old bay gelding with 20 wins on his resume, including the Moir in 2012 when it was a Group 2 race and in 2014 when it had been raised to Group 1.

Heathcote is only mildly guilty of embellishment. When we checked, Buffering was indeed priced at $11, but Chautauqua was $2.40, not $2.20, with our source of quotes.

Capitalist, English and Lucky Hussler, in that order, are priced ahead of Buffering as well.

Of the 11-horse field, Buffering has top weight at 58.5 kg., as do eight others, with only English at 56.5 kg. and Capitalist at 53 kg. gaining any weight advantage.

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