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Buffering’s colours live on with Privlaka

The colours made famous by Queensland champion Buffering will again be to the fore in the winter carnival after Privlaka’s great return to racing at Doomben.

Privlaka, who like Buffering is by Mossman, scored a 4-1/2 length win at his first run for three months on Saturday.

Trainer Robert Heathcote was delighted Privlaka carried Buffering’s colours to victory a year to the day the top sprinter won the Group One Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai.

“Privlaka is no Buffering but it was a nice touch to the day,” Heathcote said.

“I think Privlaka is up to a stakes race during the winter and we will just have to build up his rating.

“A large number of Buffering’s owners are in Privlaka so the blue and black colours live on.”

The Brisbane Race Club is hoping a statue honouring seven-time Group One winner Buffering will be ready for the June feature meetings at Eagle Farm

Work on the bronze statue is well underway with artists Gillie and Marc Schattner.

The Sydney-based sculptors are noted for their life-sized bronze sculptures which are featured in dozens of locations around Australia.

They include a statue of jockey Ken Russell, which stands in his home town of Monto, and the towering Clydesdale Pit Pony bronze in the centre of Collinsville.

Buffering will be depicted at full gallop with his regular rider Damian Browne aboard.

Leading Brisbane photographer Grant Peters took a series of photos to allow the Schattners to work from detailed images of Buffering and Browne.

The sculpture is being cast in clay at a foundry in Thailand, and while the clay is malleable the design can be refined and finessed before a mould for the bronze pour is created.

The finished sculpture, which will weigh around 400 kilograms, will stand in the forecourt of the new pavilion building on the infield at Eagle Farm.

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