Champion sprinter and five-time Queensland Horse of the Year, Buffering, was one of four new inductees elevated into the Queensland Racing Hall of Fame at the 2017 UBET Queensland Thoroughbred Awards in Brisbane on Saturday.
Buffering joined champion trainer Peter Moody – of Black Caviar fame – champion jockey Ken Russell, and racing associate PJ O’Shea as the latest champions of the sport to be permanently written into the history books.
The inductees were chosen by an expert panel of judges comprising of members of the media and Queensland racing officials.
Hall of Fame Inductee (Horse) - Buffering
Career starts 54: 19-9-8 - Prize money: $7.28 million
The “iron horse”, prepared by champion Brisbane trainer Robert Heathcote, amassed more than $7 million in prizemoney after he was purchased for just $22,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions QTIS Sale.
“The Buff” saluted seven times at Group One level, with his career highlights including two Moir Stakes’ (2014 and 2015) and two Winterbottom Stakes’ (2013 and 2016).
His crowning glory came in 2016, when he captured the imagination of the public in taking the Group One Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night.
Hall of Fame Inductee (Trainer) – Peter Moody
Group 1 wins: 56
Peter Moody’s career took him all the way from Western Queensland to Royal Ascot. A three-time Victorian Metropolitan Trainers’ Premier, Moody was guided by the likes of Tommy “TJ” Smith, Colin Hayes and Bill Mitchell, before opening his own satellite stable in Brisbane.
His first individual Group One success came with Amalfi in the 2001 Victoria Derby, after which he moved his operation to Victoria full-time. Moody will best be remembered for preparing champion sprinter Black Caviar, as she captured the imagination of the entire country en-route to 25-consecutive wins (15 at Group One level).
Hall of Fame Inductee (Associate) – PJ O’Shea
Patrick Joseph O’Shea and Eagle Farm Racecourse both began their existence in 1865. Affectionately known as “PJ”, O’Shea bred and raced horses for more than 35 years in Queensland.
Treasurer of the QTC in the early 1900s, O’Shea was also a well-known owner, racing the likes of Syce Lad, Loganius, Sheila’s Lad, Canning Queen and Lady Buzzard.
His legacy in racing lives on with Queensland’s top weight-for-age staying race, the PJ O’Shea Stakes, named in his honour.
Hall of Fame Inductee (Jockey) – Ken Russell
Russell dominated Central Queensland racing in the 1970s, chalking up 500 winners in the central districts before relocating to the Gold Coast. He quickly earned the moniker the ‘King of the Coast’, winning the Gold Coast premiership four times before relocating to Brisbane where he won the Metropolitan Premiership.
He then moved to Sydney and went on to win races including the AJC Doncaster, AJC Spring Champion Stakes, George Ryder Stakes, QTC Oaks, QTC Cup, QTC Derby and the SAJC Goodwood.