Buffering emerged from the shadow of Black Caviar in the Manikato Stakes last month and now he’s on a pedestal following a front-running victory in VRC Sprint Classic at Flemington.
The Manikato – Sprint Classic double also topped and tailed a stakes-winning streak for his sire Mossman. In the last week, the Vinery stallion had also sired black-type winners Royal Zulu Warrior (G2 Emperors Palace Mile), Plucky Belle (G3 Lavazza Short Black) and Dothraki (LR Hilton Hotels Stakes).
Buffering (6g Mossman – Action Annie by Anabaa) was a clear leader when the field linked up with the course proper at headquarters. Shamexpress issued a late challenge but the Queenslander confirmed his status as Australia’s champion sprinter with a three-quarter length victory over the reigning G1 Newmarket winner.
“There’s no Black Caviar, there’s no Hay List, there’s no Sepoy. But there is a Buffering,” trainer Rob Heathcote said. “He just gives 100% every time.”
Buffering was a $22,000 buy at the 2009 Magic Millions QTIS Sale and has now won 14 times in 37 starts for over $3.82 million in prizemoney. Mossman’s flag-bearer started his career with a debut victory at Doomben in March 2010.
“Some thought he might have been a bit fortunate in the Manikato but there was no luck in the win today,” Heathcote declared. “It was pure guts, determination and ability.”
Buffering is the pre-eminent performer among his sire’s 25 stakes winners. Mossman stands for a $19,800 (inc gst) service fee at Vinery.
– Karl Patterson