Buffering Arrives for 2014 Hong Kong Sprint

December 3rd, 2014

Buffering has returned to racing in typically scintillating form this year, highlighted by a fourth victory at the highest level of racing in the featured Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on September 26th.

Buffering has arrived in Hong Kong for the Group 1 Sprint at Sha Tin on December 14th. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Buffering has arrived in Hong Kong for the Group 1 Sprint at Sha Tin on December 14th. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Booking a maiden trip abroad when securing a commendable fourth behind the likes of Terravista, Chautauqua and Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) last time out, Buffering has safely arrived in Hong Kong ahead of his tilt at the 2014 Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin Racecourse on December 14th.

Confirmed to share a flight over and quarantine period with fellow Australian and Group 1 Hong Kong Cup entrant Criterion, Heathcote admitted a minor colic attack experienced by the talented stayer which almost forced an end to his campaign earlier this week sent nervous waves through his camp.

“I was very worried. It would have meant Buffering would have been on his own in the quarantine section at Sha Tin,” Heathcote told AAP.

“It also meant it would have cost $40,000 for three weeks in quarantine at Werribee when he gets back. With Criterion sharing it’s only $20,000 and I was delighted when I heard he was on the plane.

“Buffering is a very sociable horse and it would have been terrible for him to be on his own.”

Thrilled when the Sebring entire was confirmed for the flight on Monday, Heathcote said travelling stable representative Melanie Sharpe had reported Buffering and Criterion have been keeping each other good company and will be treating the 2014 Hong Kong Sprint as a celebration of his runner’s impressive racing career.

“The first thing Mel said was that she was amazed how bright and well and happy they were,” Heathcote added.

“He has never disappointed us.

“There are 21 of us going up there and I’ve said we should treat the trip as a celebration of all Buffering has done for his owners.

“It will be a party, and if he wins there will be an even bigger one.”

Claiming 16 wins and a further 17 minor places from his 45 competitive starts so far, Buffering undoubtedly found career-best form over the 2013 edition of the Spring Racing Carnival; following up a second place finish to Samaready in the Moir Stakes with three impressive wins at the highest level; taking out each of the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m), Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (now Darley Classic) and Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).

Leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2014 Hong Kong Sprint odds, for which Buffering can be taken at a particularly generous quote of $9 for success.