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Victorian trainer Mike Moroney is aiming another one of his stable stars at the Stradbroke Handicap as he sends Buffalo River into action this weekend with the aim of qualifying for the Queensland Group One feature

Buffalo River ready for BRC Sprint

The Flemington based trainer confirmed Buffalo River would start this weekend and wouldn’t mind a bit of rain to favour his runner in the next 48 hours. 

Buffalo River is set to tackle the Group 3 BRC Sprint at Doomben on Saturday with the track already rated a heavy 8. Moroney believes any extra rain would suit his runner. 

Having won two from three starts on the Heavy going, Buffalo River has become somewhat of a front running wet track specialist. His only defeat on the slop so far has come in the Listed Cranbourne Cup over 1600m at the end of his Spring campaign.

“Rain would suit us perfectly, especially over 1400m, that would be perfect,” Moroney said.

Winning the BRC Sprint would give Buffalo River a starting berth in the Group One Stradbroke  Handicap next month which is Moroney’s main target for the rising galloper.

Moroney won the 2008 Stradbroke with Mr Baritone two starts after the gelding ran third in the BRC Sprint.

Buffalo River was 4kgs heavier than his rivals last time out when finishing second behind Goodwood Handicap hopeful Regardsmaree in the Listed Anniversary Vase over 1400m at Sandown.

Moroney said the run demonstrated that Buffalo River is right on track for where he needs to be come Saturday.

“He certainly went as well as he could at his last run,” Moroney said.

“We brought him into work to have a crack at the Stradbroke and we’re really happy with him.

“It’s probably the strongest he’s ever looked.

“In his last two campaigns, he’s looked good but he looks really strong this time in.

Opie Bosson will pair with Buffalo River in the BRC Sprint and currently sits as a $5 favourite for the race. 

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