Buffalo River (Image: Racing Photos)
Buffalo River maintained his unbeaten record in Australia and the third-richest race in the country during the spring could be on his agenda, subject to clarification over the race conditions.
The Michael Moroney-trained Buffalo River ($1.55 favourite) was always in control under Damien Oliver, leading throughout in Saturday's $135,000 Silver Bowl Series Final (1600m) for three-year-olds at Flemington.
Buffalo River has shown a tendency to race keenly and the query was whether the son of Noble Mission would run himself into the ground early.
Oliver trusted the temperament of Buffalo River, driving him out of the barriers to obtain the lead, and the horse repaid his faith when coming back underneath him to settle.
That ability to conserve energy allowed Buffalo River to run out the 1600 metres at his first attempt, maintaining a length advantage over Mr Exclusive ($9.50) at the finish.
"He was good when he got to the front," Oliver said.
"He is better when he can set his own tempo, he got a breather and kicked on well with the big weight."
WATCH: Buffalo River's win
Buffalo River has raced seven times for four wins and three placings. He was bred in America and passed in as a yearling before winning in Britain for leading trainer John Gosden.
Renowned bloodstock agent Paul Moroney, brother of Michael, purchased Buffalo River for 180,000 guineas (approximately A$358,000) at the 2018 Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale at Newmarket (UK) last October.
Michael Moroney describes Buffalo River's future as being 'exciting', with the $7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m) at Rosehill on November 3 potentially on his agenda.
"We'd like to get into the spring if we could but it's going to be a little bit hard to do in the short space of time we have - some horses I've done it with and it's worked and with others it hasn't," Moroney said.
"We're waiting to see with what they're going to do with the weights (of the Golden Eagle) because we're hopeful there's going to be an allowance for Northern Hemisphere-bred horses - they haven't announced what they're going to do."
The Golden Eagle is for horses aged four, with Southern Hemisphere-bred male horses carrying 57.5kg and mares carrying 55.5kg.
Moroney is hopeful that Buffalo River will obtain a 2kg allowance for the Golden Eagle, consistent with the weight-for-age scale for Northern-Hemisphere bred horses that are six months behind in their development.
The Flemington-based trainer also believes Buffalo River could extend to 2000m later in his career.
"He could be a pretty interesting horse to watch over 2000 metres with his high-cruising speed," Moroney added.
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