Star sprinter Buffering capped a remarkable night’s racing at Moonee Valley on Friday night with Magic Millions graduates sweeping all five group races on the card.
Now a four time Group One winner, Buffering beat home the world’s top rated sprinter Lankan Rupee and three others in a brilliant first up win.
Not the quickest from the barrier, Buffering soon took his place at the front of the field. He held that position throughout and under the urgings of star Queensland rider Damian Browne he held on for a short head success.
Winning trainer Rob Heathcote said his stable champion must be regarded as one of the world’s best short course performers.
“At the end of the day, he (Lankan Rupee) was the undisputed best sprinter in the world and we’ve just beaten him. So what’s that make us?”
“The time last year he beat Lucky Nine, when he was reputedly the best in the world, so I think it’s fair to say if my bloke’s not the best sprinter in the world, he’s in the top three,” Heathcote added.
Heathcote said Buffering would most likely have his next start in the Group One Manikato Stakes.
“We’ll stick with what we did last year and in three weeks time he’ll have a little jump out at Flemington to blow out the cobwebs and he’ll come back and do it again.”
Buffering was purchased by leading New Zealand bloodstock agent Paul Willetts for connections for $22,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale from the Racetree draft.
As it now stands his race record reads out at 16 wins and 17 minor placings from 43 starts and earnings of $4,748,900.
He is the winner of four Group One races and five other group events during a career in which he has consistently taken on the bast sprinters in Australasia.
One of 30 individual stakes winners for Success Express’ successful sire son Mossman, Buffering is one of four winners for his 100 per cent winning producing dam Action Annie.
A Sydney winning daughter of Anabaa, Action Annie is a half sister to the stakes performers Don’t Go Crazy and Instant Strike and hails from the family of Groiup One winners Relaxed Gesture and Martha Stevens.
All five group races on Friday night’s card were won by Magic Millions graduates with Dear Demi (Stocks Stakes), Eloping (Champagne Stakes), The Cleaner (JRA Cup) and Almalad (Bill Stutt Stakes) all proving too good.