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Browne Suspension Puts Buffering Ride In Jeopardy
The six-week suspension handed down to Brisbane jockey Damian Browne on Tuesday threatens to disrupt his association with Gr1-winning sprinter Buffering, reports theinformant.co.nz. Queensland stewards charged Browne with failing to take an available run between two horses at the 300 metres when riding the Robert Heathcote-trained Kingtantes at Eagle Farm last week and failing to show the vigour expected between the 300 and 200. There was no suggestion Kingtantes would have won the race but stewards felt the horse could have finished second. Browne is expected to appeal the ban which is scheduled to begin after Saturday and end on 20 April. It means Browne is free to ride Fire Up Fifi in the Wiggle Stakes at Warwick Farm on Saturday but that he must win his appeal to be available to ride Buffering when he opens his autumn campaign on 15 March on his way to the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes on 12 April.