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MY SHOUT - BUFFERING'S COUNTDOWN TO HONG KONG'S INTERNATIONAL RACE DAY IS NOW ON IN EARNEST

By Robert Heathcote | Thursday, November 27, 2014

In his personal blog, exclusive to HRO, multiple premiership winning trainer Robert Heathcote gives readers the inside line on the countdown to Buffering's much anticipated international assignment in Hong Kong.

Not a lot to report on this week aside from the countdown to Buffering getting ready to depart for Hong Kong for the International race day on the 14th December.

The horse is well. He had a quiet week doing very little after his run in the Darley Sprint but we have steadily ramped up his work which will culminate in a grass jump out at Flemington this Friday, 28th November.

He won’t be asked to do a lot, just a good solid gallop in company and he will be partnered in this instance by Craig Williams. Craig is happy to do me the favour here with Damian in Brisbane.

You just never know in this game but Craig would be happy to deputise for Brownie if something happened to DB and he couldn’t make the trip to Honkers! I will ask Craig to give Buff a squeeze with a 100 to go and will be very interested to hear his report.

It’s not only an important morning with the jump-out but post jump-out Buff will be thoroughly vetted by Dr Brian Stewart to ensure all is in order with the horse prior to the very expensive flights to Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club request this and understandably so. I am confident all is in order with Buffering and he will pass with flying colours but gee, racing can be very uncompromising at times so it’s not all smooth sailing until Buff is in his box at Sha Tin!

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