After 11 months, Buffalo’s back on course

Consistent Canberra five-year-old mare Buffalo Chase resumes at Albury today in a campaign that trainer Mark Schmetzer hopes will bring good rewards.

Buffalo Chase is scheduled to tackle the Zen Day Spa Benchmark 55 Hcp over the 900-metre scamper.

Schmetzer originally planned to kick off the mare’s campaign at Canberra last Friday but with that meeting abandoned he plumped for Albury.

Buffalo Chase, who cost just $800 as a yearling, is blessed with “plenty of ability”, Schmetzer suggested.

“She was unlucky not to win her first six races,” he added.

“She got trapped wide a couple of times and missed the kick several times which spoilt her chances.

“She is a mare that has got a lot of ability.

“If she had better luck earlier in her career she would have raced in Sydney.”

Buffalo Chase will be ridden by Koby Jennings today.

In seven starts she has recorded two wins and three placings but hasn’t raced since her third to Aupose in a 1206-metre Benchmark 55 event on her home track last June.

“She raced a bit below standard at Canberra, didn’t finish her race of as we expected,” Schmetzer said.

“We later found she had a chipped bone in her fetlock.

“It was operated on and we gave her eight months off to get over the injury completely.

“She’s been back in work 12 weeks and I’m very happy with her progress.

“Obviously we monitor the leg but it’s 100 per cent.

“She hasn’t had a trial or jump out. She’s going into the race mad fresh.

“She’s good within herself, it’s just going to be a matter of how she jumps tomorrow.

“That will tell the story.

“She’s tended to bound on jumping sometimes.

“If she gets away cleanly she’s capable of winning. If not, hopefully she doesn’t give away too much start.”