Buffering targets Schillaci Stakes

Leading trainer Robert Heathcote declared outstanding sprinter Buffering on target for his forthcoming Melbourne campaign after an impressive exhibition gallop at Doomben on Saturday.

Buffering (5g Mossman – Action Annie by Anabaa) worked on the inside of stablemate Excellantes when they were paired in a 1000m gallop between races.  Quickening from the 600m, Buffering was held together by jockey Ryan Wiggins and kept a slender advantage over Excellantes when they passed the winning post.

“I’ve got him exactly where I want him to be,” Heathcote declared as Buffering returned to the enclosure.  “It’s exactly a month until he has first run in Melbourne in the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield and I can just back off him for the next week.  That was a lovely piece of work.”

Buffering, who last week was crowned Queensland’s 2011-12 Horse Of The Year, worked without blinkers but Heathcote said the gelding would carry them when he resumes in the Schillaci.

Leading jockey Hugh Bowman will be offered the ride on Buffering after partnering the gelding at his past two starts when runner-up in the G1 Doomben 10,000 and G1 Stradbroke Handicap during the winter carnival.

Buffering is a son of Vinery sire Mossman and is part-owned by former Socceroos Zjelko Kalac, Craig Moore and Scott Chipperfield.  They bought him for $22,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions QTIS yearling sale.

Mossman is the sire of 20 stakes winners and Buffering is his chief earner with over $1.78 million in prizemoney.  “Mossman has been a remarkably consistent sire throughout his career despite small books early on,” Vinery’s Conor Phelan explained.  ”He’s a very consistent sire and his winners-to-runners strike rate is 65%.”

Mossman is a son of G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Success Express and stands for a $27,500 fee at Vinery.