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Buffering set for trip to Dubai and Royal Ascot in 2016 following Winterbottom Stakes victory

Trent Orwin in Latest News 22 Nov 2015
  • Buffering wins the Winterbottom Stakes
  • It was his sixth Group 1 victory
  • Dubai and Royal Ascot potential targets 
Buffering in Hong Kong

Star sprinter Buffering captured his sixth Group 1 in the Winterbottom Stakes and may be heading overseas once again to compete.

The Robert Heathcote-trained eight-year-old veteran showed his class in the $1 million Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday with a one-length victory over the late-closing Watermans Bay. 

Jockey Damian Browne worked across from barrier eight before eventually finding the rail and that would be the end of the story as Buffering took care of the rest to record his sixth win at the elite level.

Buffering has continually raced at the highest level; Saturday’s run was his 50th career start as he notched up win number 18 to go along with 17 minor placings and over $5.8 million in prizemoney. 

Add in the fact that it was his 30th start in Group 1 company in Australia (31st if you include his trip to Hong Kong) and it is no wonder that the Australian public loves the Queensland bulldog.

“It’s probably because he got kicked around by the likes of Black Caviar, Hay List and Sepoy before he could win a Group 1 race,” Heathcote told News Corp.

At the top of the home straight, Heathcote was concerned that they might be able to reel Buffering in because he had envisioned a bigger space on the field turning for home.

“I was worried around the corner. I thought he’s done a bit of work and I wasn’t sure how much he had left in him,” he said.
“Also I thought he would be two lengths in front at that stage but Damian understands the horse so well.
“I’ve said so many times how proud I am of (Buffering) and what a wonderful horse he is. He’s a real fighter.”

Buffering’s next target will be the $1 million Magic Millions Sprint (1100m) at the Gold Coast on January 9. 

Following that run, Heathcote is keen to travel with the son of Mossman and trips to Dubai and Royal Ascot are under consideration.

“During the week I received a call from Dubai inviting us there to run in March and it sounds a nice place to visit and after that there’s a place called Royal Ascot I’d be keen to visit,” Heathcote said.
“He’s an eight-year-old but he’s such a good traveller as he showed again over here.”



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