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Retirement For Buffering?

Tuesday, 3rd May 2016

Meanwhile, as one sprinter's star appears yet again on the ascent, another's sadly appears to be on the descent with news that Buffering (Mossman-Action Annie, by Anabaa) may have run his last race, reports Racing.com. The 7-time Gr1 winner pulled up lame in his off foreleg and with blood in his windpipe after finishing last in Sunday's Gr1 Chairman's Sprint Prize (1200m) in Hong Kong. Trainer Robert Heathcote said further scans and X-rays will be conducted to determine the extent of the 8YOs injuries. "It's not known at this stage [whether he'll race on], he pulled up with different issues," Heathcote told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "He's got some issues. We'll conduct some scans and X-rays and see if we can determine the cause of the lameness - which I think was the primary cause of the internal bleeding." He added: "It's a little unknown at this stage, but it's a definite possibility he may have run his last race." With total earnings of $7.2 million, Buffering recently overtook fellow globetrotter Takeover Target ($5.9 million) to claim second spot on the all-time prize money list for Australian sprinters behind champion Black Caviar ($7.36 million). However, Chautauqua is not far behind with the brilliant Chairman's Sprint Prize victor also leapfrogging Takeover Target to claim third spot with $6.47 million prize money.

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