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Buffering Winter Campaign In Doubt
Buffering's (Mossman-Action Annie, by Anabaa) winter carnival campaign is in jeopardy after the star sprinter injured himself in trackwork on Tuesday, reports Sky Racing. "I still have some hope that he will be ready for the BTC Cup on May 9 and then the Doomben 10,000 two weeks later," trainer Robert Heathcote told Sky Sports Radio. "I may be hopeful but we can't take chances with him. Any doubt at all and he won't be running this winter." The injury occurred when Buffering was working on the inner grass at Doomben and put his foot in a hole, spraining his off-fore fetlock. "It is a sprain and he will have intensive work done on him with anti-inflammatory treatment, ice, water walking, and visits to the beach," Heathcote said. "After two weeks we should have the swelling down and hopefully be able to assess if there is any further damage to his leg." Heathcote said he was disappointed that track management had refused his request to grant Buffering permission to gallop on the course proper, instead of the inferior B grass surface. "He is a multiple Group One winner and one of the major winter carnival drawcards," he said. "But these things happen all the time to horses and what is done is done and we can't take anything back.