William Buick: 30-day suspension due to begin this Sunday
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By Isabel Matthew 12:42PM 29 JUN 2016
WILLIAM BUICK will have to wait until later on Wednesday or Thursday morning before discovering whether his 30-day ban imposed by stewards in France has been reduced following an appeal.
Riding the Yohann Gourraud-trained Highlands Queen in the Prix de Diane on June 19, the 27-year-old was deemed to have played a major role in the interference that led to Pierre-Charles Boudot’s mount Armande falling with 300 metres to go in the French Classic.
Following an inquiry on the day, Highlands Queen was disqualified from ninth and Buick handed a 15-day suspension by the stewards at Chantilly. However, Buick’s “offensive” behaviour towards the officials meant the ban was doubled on the spot.
“It’s hard to know which way it will go,” said Buick after Wednesday’s inquiry at France Galop, having been accompanied by his lawyer Mary-Daphne Fichelson.
He added: “They listened to what we had to say and we went through everything again, but I’d prefer not to say anything for the moment and wait for the decision.”
The Godolphin rider’s suspension is due to begin on Sunday and currently rules him out of the Newmarket July festival, the Irish Oaks, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot and Glorious Goodwood.