The Australian flag has shone brightly at the world’s richest race meeting with the people’s championBuffering producing a career-best performance to capture the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan.

The evergreen speedster enhanced Australia’s reputation for producing world-class sprinters, beating a group of challengers from across the globe in the US$1 million feature.

Ridden by regular jockey Damian Browne, Buffering ($6.50) jumped well and sat on the pace before kicking clear in the closing stages to beat Dubai local and favourite Ertijaal ($3.80) with Hong Kong’s Peniaphobia ($7) back in third.

Buffering follows in the footsteps of Ortensia, who won this race in 2012, and trainer Robert Heathcote has nothing but love for ‘the Buff’.

“He’s not necessarily the fastest horse in the world, but gee he’s tough, and he showed that tonight,” Heathcote said.

“I’m damn proud to be here representing Australia.”

The Queensland trainer marvelled at how the gelding continues to get better as he gets older.

“It took him 18 goes to win a Group 1 and now he’s won seven of his last 13 attempts, travelled to the other side of the world, taken on arguably the best the world has to offer at the moment, on the biggest stage,” Heathcote said.

“He raced some of the best sprinters in the world – Black Caviar, Hay List, Sepoy – there was a whole succession of good quality sprinters and he was always on the doorstep.

“Now he’s put his hand up and said ‘I’m a pretty damn good horse myself’.

“I see he’s run 56.34 (seconds for the 1000m) – that’s a career best and he’s done it at the age of eight.”

The international jetsetter is set to continue with Buffering now set to compete in the Chairman’s Sprint Prize at Sha Tin before going to England for the Royal Ascot meeting.

“We’ll go to Hong Kong and after Hong Kong we we’re going to go home but gee I’d love to shake hands with the Queen,” Heathcote said.