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OPINION: Buffering is an all-time great

BY Trent Masenhelder - @tmase04
2 years ago Horse Racing

Buffering's feats cannot be underestimated. (Pic: Getty Images)

UNLESS you’ve been on another planet, you’ll be well aware Aussie sprint sensation Buffering took on and beat some of the best sprinters in the world in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai at the weekend.

The victory was the 20th of his career, and the $795,455 winner’s cheque took his earnings to a whopping $7,238,955 – placing him seventh on the list of Australia’s greatest money earners.

And in the aftermath of the euphoria, it got me thinking – is the eight-year-old son of Mossman an all-time great?

I firmly believe he is, and here’s why.

Buffering’s record is phenomenal. His Meydan masterclass improved his record to 20 wins from 52 starts, a winning strike rate of 38.4 per cent.

He’s also finished in the minor money on 17 occasions (all in stakes class), so he’s only ever been outside of the top three 15 times.

Incredibly, he has had 45 starts in stakes company, winning 13 of them, and has finihsed in the first four in G1s a staggering 27 times.

A $22,000 purchase at the 2009 Magic Millions QTIS 600 Yearling Sale, the gelding has travelled far and wide, notching w...

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