Buick goes one clear of Probert
WILLIAM BUICK edged one ahead of David Probert, 49-48, in the apprentices’ championship yesterday, driving home his only ride at Lingfield, King’s Siren.
But we will not get the junior re-run on Saturday week of last year’s senior jockeys’ title race which was decided in the final race of the season. Buick is suspended on the last two days at Doncaster.
Last year Jamie Spencer booted home the winner of Doncaster’s finale to tie with Seb Sanders. Two years ago Hayley Turner and Saleem Golam dead-heated for the apprentices’ crown.
“I got two days at Wolverhampton for careless riding and there’s no point appealing,” said Buick, 20, who has grown in stature in his first season without a claim and finishing runner-up for a second year is not going to halt his progress.
“Of course I’d like to be champion. I’m not giving it away but I could have done without my injury in mid-season,” said Bewicke. “My dad – a former champion jockey in Norway – is my biggest critic. He’s hard on me but he knows what he’s talking about.”
Buick recently rode his first Group winner, Buccellati, for his boss Andrew Balding.
“Buccellati was a big buzz,” said the jockey. “You get a taste for the big time riding in races like that but it’s off to Great Leighs now, and Wolverhampton after that.”