Buffering To Defend 2012 Victory Stakes Title – Race Preview

April 19th, 2012

The Group 2 Victory Stakes is set to run at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Saturday April 28, 2012.

Run over a distance of 1,200 metres, the 2012 Victory Stakes is run under weight-for-age conditions.

The 2012 Victory Stakes is worth $175,000 in prize money and is open to horses aged three-year-old and upwards.

Buffering, who won last year’s Victory Stakes, is looking to make it two years in a row when he lines up for the race later this month.

Trainer Robert Heathcote was thrilled with Buffering’s track work this week and feels he is at the top of his game ahead of his 2012 Victory Stakes run.

“The track was wetter than I expected but I was very pleased with his work,” Heathcote said.

“He’s coming along well and is on target to defend his title in the Victory Stakes.

“Jim said he couldn’t hold him any slower.

“I gave him a short break following his last run in the William Reid in Melbourne and he’ll have a solid gallop next Tuesday which should top him off nicely for his return in the Victory Stakes.”

Buffering finished third in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes behind Foxwedge and Hay List, continuing his impressive autumn record.

The Mossman gelding did not finish outside the placings during the autumn racing carnival and only finished behind Black Caviar and Hay List in his other two starts.

The four-year-old almost caused the upset of the autumn when he narrowly missed out on winning the $1 million Newmarket Handicap to Hay List in a photo finish.

Buffering has won eight of his 23 race starts and has earned more than $1.24 million in prize money.

The gelding will go on to run in the Group 1 BTC Cup in his next start, where he will finally get his chance to perform without the presence of Black Caviar and Hay List in the race.

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