2016 Magic Millions QTIS Open Plate Confirmed for Buffering

January 4, 2016

2016 Magic Millions QTIS Open Plate Confirmed for Buffering

Brisbane’s Robert Heathcote has confirmed the Magic Millions QTIS Open Plate 2016 as the Gold Coast target for his six-time Group 1 champion Buffering over the Magic Millions Sprint this Saturday in Queensland.


Dubai-bound Buffering will headline Saturday’s 2016 Magic Millions QTIS Open Plate field at the Gold Coast looking to surpass $6 million in career prize money. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

A winner of over $5.8 million in prize money, this weekend Mossman eight-year-old Buffering will make his Gold Coast debut at his 51st career start.

He was last seen racking up another elite level success with a second win in WA’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) in late November, and is a dual Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Day nominee for his return to the Sunshine State.

Buffering is in the mix for both the $1 million Magic Millions Sprint (1100m) as well as the slightly less coveted $1 million Magic Millions QTIS Open Plate (1300m).

Despite the appeal of the MM Sprint, the handicap conditions of the short distance clash will see Buffering heavily penalised.

Instead Heathcote will accept for the MM QTIS Open Plate where his veteran sprint star will be better weighted under the set weights plus penalties conditions.

“The race has been on the radar since the new $10 million race day was formulated,” Heathcote told Racing Victoria.

“I suppose there’s an element of doubt I guess in terms of having to travel back from Perth and I haven’t given him a trial, I’ve just given him a couple of exhibition gallops at Doomben but I couldn’t be any happier with him.

“He’ll have one more bit of work on Tuesday at Doomben but we head into the race where the reality is he’s well in under the conditions of the race.

“He’ll carry 61kg against horses that he’s so far ahead of in terms of class and quality that it’s not funny.”

The race will be Buffering’s fifth look at the distance and his attempt at a first 1300m win after a previous second and two thirds.

A total of 26 nominations were taken for the restricted feature, Buffering one of five last start winners in the mix.

The other most notable galloper shooting for a second win on the trot if accepted is the Matthew Dunn-trained Falvelon filly Madotti who took out the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1300m) at the track and distance on Boxing Day.

Three-year-old Madotti however is far more likely to take on a field of her own kind chasing more prize money in the $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) this Saturday.

Heathcote nominated Tony Gollan’s fellow Group 1 winning evergreen Brisbane galloper Temple Of Boom as Buffering’s biggest danger in the QTIS Open Plate.

“I guess his main rival in terms of quality is Temple Of Boom,” he said.

“Temple Of Boom has beaten him in the past but I’m not sure Temple Of Boom has been racing in his best form this campaign while Buffering is coming off Group 1 form.”

Piccolo nine-year-old Temple Of Boom hasn’t finished top three since his third in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) in Sydney last August and comes off back-to-back sevenths in Brisbane black-types including a disappointing effort behind Fontelina in the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) from December 13.

Buffering could be overseas-bound after his Magic Millions run with the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint (1000m) in Dubai this March on the radar.

Success for him on Saturday meanwhile will see him join Black Caviar and Hay List as the only Australian-trained sprinters to secure over $6 million in career earnings.

Final acceptances for the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas and Magic Millions 2YO Classic close at 12pm (AEST) today, January 4, with the rest of the Magic Millions race fields released on Wednesday morning.

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2016 Magic Millions QTIS Open Plate Nominations

Gold Coast Racecourse – 09/01/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 4x1x09x089 ABU BEN ADAM G 5 Pat Duff
2 6214163×41 ANYMORE G 5 John Dann
3 x1746x1541 BUFFERING G 8 Robert Heathcote
4 44x55x1x80 CHOOSE A SAGA G 5 Steele Ryan
5 47×1326140 DOUSAICHI G 5 Trevor Bailey
6 1x15x410 DRAM OF RED G 3 Matthew Dunn
7 195×213105 DUCHESS MOLLY M 4 Matthew Dunn
8 431x1199x3 FILLE ARDENTE M 4 Matt Kropp
9 8x4312226x GEORGIO G 4 Debbie Newham
10 1340×74240 GUNDY SPIRIT G 5 Tony Gollan
11 6x373167x6 KNIGHTWICK MANOR M 4 Bryan Dais
12 4x504x5331 MADOTTI F 3 Matthew Dunn
13 1525×33954 MISS COVER GIRL M 4 Kelly Schweida
14 370101859x MISS HUSSON M 5 Bruce W Hill
15 x21214x716 MISTER BOOZE G 4 David Murphy
16 2×34581630 MR JETSET G 5 Tony Gollan
17 x507010661 REAL FAVULOUS G 5 Donald Baker
18 597x6x89x6 REGULAR G 6 Bryan Guy
19 00×2641241 RISING LUCK G 4 Trevor Thomas
20 310x29x9 SAGA OF THE STORM F 3 Liam Birchley
21 4251×74602 SIEGFRIED G 5 Toby Edmonds
22 6804847×43 SINO EAGLE M 6 Peter G Moody
23 1021615×23 SPUR LE JOUER H 4 Stuart Kendrick
24 2235121110 STEEL ZIP G 8 Pat Duff
25 6704x30x77 TEMPLE OF BOOM G 9 Tony Gollan
26 188512113x VO HEART G 5 Mark Dale

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