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Buffering Sibling Wins On Debut
As star sprinter Buffering (Mossman) enters the twilight of his career his younger sibling's racetrack life is only just beginning with Downloading making a winning debut at Doomben yesterday. Trained by Robert Heathcote, the same man responsible for guiding Buffering's illustrious career, the 2YO son of Love Conquers All and Anabaa mare Action Annie showed the same tenacity and courage so often displayed by his older three-quarter brother when leading throughout for a narrow but decisive 0.5-length win in the QTIS 2YO Maiden Plate over 1050 metres. "I might have to change his colours from my stable pink-and-black to Buff's colours. A lot of Buffering's owners stayed in him," Heathcote told Sky Racing. "Lightning doesn't always strike twice, but for debutants to win their first outing in town, they generally have a fair bit of ability and I think this guy has." He added: "It's enormously satisfying to win with him first-up. It was a huge effort - he had to do a bit of work. I liked the courage he showed up the running. I think there's a fair bit of upside to this fella." As a 7-time Gr1 winner with total earnings of $7.2 million, Buffering sits in second spot on the all-time prize money list for Australian sprinters behind champion Black Caviar ($7.36 million) and ahead of Chautauqua ($6.47 million) and fellow globetrotter Takeover Target ($5.9 million).