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Military Rose Not Heading to 2010 Golden Rose

Wet tracks and big weights have forced trainer Gillian Heinrich to abandon Military Rose’s campaign aimed at next month’s $1 million Group One 2010 Golden Rose at Rosehill.

The Magic Millions winner will instead head to Melbourne for the Group One 2010 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Derby Day, October 30.

Heinrich was disappointed to learn Military Rose would have received 61 kilograms had she decided to nominate the filly for The Rosebud (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

“Sydney have had a few wet tracks lately and I’m convinced she doesn’t handle the wet. That’s why she failed in the Golden Slipper,” Heinrich said.

“The other thing I’m not too happy about is the weight she’d get in Sydney.

“I was told by the handicapper last week she’d get around 61 kilos if we ran her in The Rosebud.”

Military Rose scored a narrow win in a barrier trial over 1000m at the Gold Coast last week and will have another trial at either the Gold Coast or Doomben on August 12 before heading to Melbourne.

The daughter of General Nediym will commence her revised campaign in the Group Two Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 4 followed by the Group Three Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on September 24.

The Group Three Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on October 9 will be her final dress rehearsal for the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

All four events will be run under set weight and penalties conditions and are restricted to three-year-olds.

Meanwhile, Rob Heathcote’s star two-year-old Buffering showed he was on target for the spring with a runaway win in a 900-metre barrier trial at Doomben on Tuesday.

The son of Mossman was having his first hitout since suffering his only defeat in five starts when third to Pressday in the Group Two Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben in May.

“He trialled sensationally and had a good blow after winning by more than seven lengths,” Heathcote said.

“He’ll take a lot of improvement as he had four weeks out in the paddock after the Champagne.

“I asked his rider Larry Cassidy to give him a good workout and the good thing about it was he carried steel shoes which adds to the merit of the win.”

Buffering will launch his spring assault in the Group Three San Domenico Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on Saturday week.

Cassidy will be on holidays when Buffering resumes and Heathcote has booked Danny Nikolic to ride him at his first Sydney start.

“I’ll reassess what we’re doing with him after he runs in the Up And Coming Stakes (at Randwick on August 21),” Heathcote said.

“He’ll either stay on in Sydney or go to Melbourne for the Coolmore Stud Stakes on Derby Day.”

Heathcote also plans to send stablemate Woorim to Melbourne for a series of races including the Group Two Schweppervesence Stakes at Moonee Valley on September 23.

Woorim returned from a break this week following a hat-trick of victories that culminated in a dashing win in the Listed Glasshouse Handicap at Caloundra on July 3.

“He’s only just come back into work but the good news with him is that he went out at the top of his game and his feet are in great shape,” Heathcote said.

Article by Glenn Davis Aapracing

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