Queensland’s reigning horse of the year Buffering has sent an ominous warning to his winter carnival rivals with a dominant win in the Group 2 2013 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Doomben today.
Running first-up since the spring, the five-year-old showed electric gate speed to charge to an early lead.
The tough sprinter faced early pressure from Listen Son but appeared unfazed entering the straight.
With experienced Brisbane rider Damian Browne aboard, Buffering justified odds-on favouritism to kick clear on the back of a quick tempo and win by 2 1/2 lengths from Spirit Of Boom and Albrecht.
Despite his obvious quality, Queensland’s number one galloper is yet to break through at Group 1 level but appears perfectly poised heading into the winter.
Trainer Robert Heathcote is expected to set him for the traditional Queensland winter path beginning with the Group 1 2013 BTC Cup (1200m) at Eagle Farm on May 11.
He is then likely to head towards the Group 1 2013 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) and connections could also be tempted by the $1 million winner’s carrot up for grabs in the Stradbroke Handicap.
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Victory Stakes 2013 – Results
|1||1||BUFFERING||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||–||3||58.5kg||$1.70F|
|2||3||SPIRIT OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Glen Colless||3.3L||6||58.5kg||$9|
|3||7||ALBRECHT||Peter Snowden||Joshua Parr||3.6L||2||56.5kg||$11|
|4||6||LISTEN SON||Tony Gollan||Larry Cassidy||4.5L||5||58.5kg||$61|
|5||4||STARTSMEUP||John, Daniel & Christopher Meagher||Ric McMahon||4.9L||1||58.5kg||$17|
|6||5||READY TO RIP||Peter G Moody||Chris Munce||5.7L||4||58.5kg||$4.60|
|7||2||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Ryan Wiggins||6.7L||7||58.5kg||$15|