William Buick: was last seen winning the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse on Hawkbill
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Milnes 7:31AM 2 AUG 2016
WILLIAM BUICK makes a low profile return to saddle at Nottingham this evening exactly a month to the day since he was last seen in action winning the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes on Hawkbill.
Neither of Buick’s two comeback rides are for his employers Godolphin, although he is scheduled to don the all-blue on Wednesday at Yarmouth, where he has four booked mounts.
The 28-year-old, who has ridden 32 winners this season, has a lot of catching up to do in the jockeys’ title race following the completion of a 15-day ban (later extended to 30) he received for playing a major role in interference in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly on June 19.
Buick and his mount, the Yohann Gourraud-trained Highlands Queen, were said to be in the thick of the action which led to French champion jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot being unseated from his mount Armande. Initially placed eighth, Highlands Queen was later disqualified and placed last.
Ban and appeal
Following an initial 15-day ban handed out at the subsequent inquiry, the Chantilly stewards then doubled the punishment following Buick’s “offensive” behaviour, in which he reportedly pointed his finger on three occasions and used the word “corrupt” in their direction.
After a subsequent appeal against the ban was turned down by France Galop on June 29, Buick’s legal team launched an emergency civil action which was also dismissed on July 18.
During his absence, Buick has had to sit out the Newmarket July festival, the King George meeting at Ascot and the Qatar Goodwood Festival during which time the bulk of his Godolphin rides went the way of New Zealander James McDonald.
During that spell, Buick missed out on the winning ride on Boynton in the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket and has continued to ride work for Charlie Appleby.
The big mounts he can look forward to at York this month include Hawkbill in the Group 1 Juddmonte International on August 17 and Antiquarium in the Ebor.
Back on track
Before those lofty targets can be tackled, Buick is aiming to get back on the board at Nottingham, where the first of his mounts is once-raced maiden Gilgamesh in the opening 6f maiden for in-form George Scott.
Scott is upbeat about the prospects of giving former champion apprentice Buick a winner on his first ride back.
He said: “Gilgamesh has come on for his debut at Newmarket and this looks less competitive, although we respect the favourite. William is a top-class jockey who I hear has been keeping himself pretty fit during his ban, so hopefully we can provide him with a winning return.”
Buick’s other mount is the Ed Walker-trained Rococoa in the 6f fillies’ handicap.