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Buffering Retired

Monday, 24th October 2016

Star Queensland sprinter Buffering has run his last race after finishing out of the placings in Friday night's Gr1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley. Trainer Robert Heathcote confirmed that connections had decided to retire the 9YO following his sixth place finish behind Rebel Dane in the $1 million sprint feature. "It was tempting to have one more go. After all in the Magic Millions race he would have only 61 kilograms against an average lot of horses and it would have been ending his career in Queensland," Heathcote told AAP. "But I have always said Buffering would tell me when he was ready to retire and it is now." He added: "I would never forgive myself if anything happened to him. In the end it was the right decision to retire him." Heathcote said Buffering would live out the remainder of his days at the Living Legends farm in Victoria. "If any horse deserves a good retirement it is Buffering," he said. "I think his great legacy has been his toughness. He has raced against the elite - Black Caviar, Hay List, Star Witness, Sepoy, Beaded, Press Day, Foxwedge, Scenic Blast, Spirit of Boom, Temple of Boom, etc, etc." He added: "It has been a wonderful trip for myself and the owners and we will never forget it. Now it is time for Buff to enjoy the rest of his days in comfort." Buffering (Mossman-Action Annie, by Anabaa) retires with 20 wins from 55 starts, including seven wins at Gr1 level. His career earnings of $7,256,458 place him in second spot on the all-time prize money list for Australian sprinters behind Black Caviar with $7,364,462.


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