Mike Moroney will run Buffalo River in the Group Three Sandown Stakes (1500 metres) after deciding to bypass Saturday’s Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington.
Moroney toyed with starting Buffalo River in the Mackinnon Stakes as he is keen to stretch the horse out to 2000 metres.
Buffalo River led at a fast tempo in the Cantala Stakes but weakened to finish 15th on the opening day of the Flemington carnival.
Moroney said there was criticism of Craig Williams’ ride as he may have overdone it in the lead but he was riding to instructions.
“We’ll go forward with him but we won’t overdo it like we did last start,” Moroney said.
Moroney is then planning to start Buffalo River in the 2000 metre Ballarat Cup on Saturday week.