Buffering Earns Chance to Meet the Queen

Buffering, in winning the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai and adding to his $7 million prize total with the 20th win of his career, received an invitation to run at Royal Ascot in June.

In recent times, it is unusual to find a thoroughbred running at the age of eight, much less do so productively, but Queenslander Buffering is providing a notable exception.

Foaled in 2007, Buffering is indeed long in the tooth in age and his 52-race career is a bit of an anomaly.

The eight-year-old brown gelding sired by Mossman from Action Annie is an international star in the sprint races. He has won the A.J. Moir Stakes on three occasions, once in 2012 when it was a G2 race and twice more in 2014 and 2015 when the race was elevated to G1 level.

Buffering cost only $22,000 at the 2009 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, so he represents a spectacular return on investment. He is still improving, having run a career-best 56.34 in the 1000m Al Quoz.

Also racing in Dubai was the five-year-old American horse California Chrome that won the Dubai World Cup. California Chrome teased the racing world with a potential American Triple Crown in 2014, but fell short in the third leg, the Preakness Stakes.

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