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Buffering First To Test New Eagle Farm Track
Buffering has been given the honour of being the first horse to gallop on the redeveloped Eagle Farm track as he continues preparations for yet another overseas campaign, reports AAP. The Robert Heathcote-trained sprinting star worked alongside stable-mate Dream Of Slips yesterday morning in what was the first official gallop on the course proper since the Eagle Farm track closed 18 months ago. Partnered by regular rider Damian Browne, the multiple Gr1 winner looked in superb order when cruising to an easy six length in the 800m hit-out. Buffering will depart Sydney on Monday for an international campaign that will see him contest the Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint (1000m) in Dubai on 26 March, and the Gr1 Chairman's Sprint (1200m) in Hong Kong on 1 May. "He will not have another serious hit-out until he gets to Dubai," Heathcote said. "Buffering might be eight (years old) but I took heart from the Group Three race in Dubai at the weekend." He added: "The winner was eight, the third horse was nine and there was a ten-year-old in the field." Buffering (Mossman-Action Annie, by Anabaa) became just the third Australian sprinter in history to surpass $6 million in earnings when winning the Magic Millions QTIS Open Plate (1300m) at the Gold Coast in January. The six-time Gr1 winner overtook Takeover Target to claim second spot on the all-time prize-money list for sprinters behind champion Black Caviar with $6.4 million in earnings.