Buick returned from his ban with two wins at Nottingham
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Alex Wiltshire 7:50PM 2 AUG 2016
WILLIAM BUICK returned to action with a vengeance as he bagged a double at Nottingham on Tuesday evening, to dispel memories of a tormenting month on the sidelines.
Victory on Gilgamesh in the opener was quickly followed by a win on the Mark Johnston-trained See The City in the second race, a spare ride he picked up as Franny Norton failed to arrive. For his third and final ride he finished second on Rococoa.
Whilst watching the King George and Glorious Goodwood from afar, Buick could only look on as New Zealander James McDonald hogged the limelight with a string of lauded successes on rides Buick would have taken but for his month ban.
McDonald returned to Australia following the final day of Glorious Goodwood on Saturday having ridden 19 winners from his 95 rides, including victories in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes with Big Orange, and Dutch Connection in the Qatar Lennox Stakes for Godolphin.
However, although not riding in the famous blue silks, Buick more than proved his worth to his employers with this double and expressed his relief at a successful return. “It’s the perfect start,” he said. “I’ve really missed it so it’s nice to get back and get going.
“I’ve been riding the horses in the morning and 30 days is not long enough to forget how to ride a race but it’s reassuring to come back and ride a winner first ride.”
Buick’s last winner arrived on Hawkbill in the Coral-Eclipse on July 2, before which he received a 15-day ban for interference which was subsequently doubled following Buick’s “offensive” behaviour in the Chantilly stewards room.
“I’m not going to say it was one of those things but I just have to move on and work forward. There’s plenty to look forward to and this is what I love doing and what I live for.
“I’m back now and I just can’t wait to carry on. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do but I’m going to try my best.”
Buick is back in Godolphin colours for the 5.50 at Yarmouth on Wednesday.