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Robert Heathcote awarded media prize Not too many Queenslanders retain their base in the Sunshine State but make such a big impact on Victorian racing that they become major players through the spring and autumn carnivals. But Robert Heathcote is the exception. The Brisbane-based handler has led an interesting life, working in the newspaper business and as a European travel guide for 13 years before taking out a trainer's licence, initially to prepare the horses of his brother Wayne, an International Art dealer. But such has been his aptitude that he has sent out a stream of quality winners on his raids south, headed by stable stars Buffering and Solzhenitsyn, backed up by the likes of Fire up Fifi and Woorim.
Damian Browne insists Buffering can hand Lankan Rupee second successive defeat in Moir Stakes By Brad Davidson Courtesy of the Gold Coast Bulletin Damian Browne is confident Buffering is back to his old self after Wednesday's jump-out at Eagle Farm. DAMIAN Browne insists Buffering is back to his old self and said there will be no excuses if Lankan Rupee defeats Queensland's favourite son in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Friday week. Trainer Robert Heathcote and jockey Browne both gave Buffering their tick of approval on Wednesday following his final jump-out before his spring return.
Coworth Park finds winning form in Qld By Mark Oberhardt Courtesy of AAP A horse which could not get to the races in Sydney has found a new lease of life in Queensland. Coworth Park scored his fifth win and his first in Saturday company in the Sky Racing Hcp (2100m) at Doomben. The gelding is raced by Vicki Heathcote and trained by her husband Robert Heathcote who can't keep the smile off his face when discussing Coworth Park.

A Morning Session with Rob at Trackwork



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Heathcote and Buffering

By Brad Bishop, Courtesy from Racetrack Magazine Annual Group 1 Review

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A Salute To Solzi, Pinch River Steps Up...And Then Of Course There's Buffering


Story and Photos Courtesy of Graham Potter and

By Robert Heathcote | Thursday, May 22, 2014

Robert Heathcote is the leading racehorse trainer in Brisbane. 'Rob's Shout' - the personal blog of the multi-premiership and Group 1 winning trainer appears exclusively on HRO.

It was a little bit of a sad day for the stable last Saturday when the old stable war horse, Solzhenitsyn ran his final race.

It's been well documented that he underwent throat surgery last spring and he was making a comeback but it was a near-fore fetlock injury which brought down the curtain on a wonderful career.

From his very first race for the stable I earmarked him as a potential star of the track. I think it was only a fifth placing at Doomben back in June 2011, but he came from last with a real eye catching run.

It didn't take long for him to show his real ability. He strung together three City metro wins through July and August. We looked after him after that campaign and gave him a good long break with an eye on the Winter Carnival of 2012.

It was during this carnival where he really started to shine winning the first of his two Lord Mayor's Cups. The spring of that year he then rose to national prominence winning the first of his two Group 1 Toorak Handicap victories during the VRC Spring Carnival.

I reckon he was damned stiff not to win the Moonee Valley Vase that year as well getting caught in on the fence but he attacked the line for a fast finishing third.


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