EVERY year another chapter is added to the Magic Millions lore.
But for all the extravagant numbers that yearlings fetch, has there been a greater advertisement for Magic Millions than the ‘Buff’?
Back at the 2009 Magic Millions sale, Buffering, a son of Mossman from the Anabaa mare Action Annie, raised a modest $22,000.
Despite the Robert Heathcote-trained sprinter's career coinciding with that of the great Black Caviar – who relegated Buffering to a place-getter in three Group 1s, the 2011 BTC Cup, 2011 Patinack Farm Classic and 2012 Lightning – Buffering has achieved considerable success. Yesterday, he etched his name for the first time into the Magic Millions race day honour roll.
While Buffering may well be in the twilight of his great career, his latest victory – his 18th – in the Magic Millions Open Plate (1300m) took his prizemoney to $6,444,866. It was also the first time in his career that the ‘Buff’ had won beyond 1200 metres.
Adding some perspective to that dazzling bank roll is that Buffering passed another champion sprinter Takeover Target, who earned $6,348,650 is his extraordinary career. Only Black Caviar ($7,953,936) is ahead of Buffering on the Australian sprinter prizemoney list.
And, Buffering is far from finished.
Heathcote said Buffering is likely to head on what he described as a “junket” to the world’...