Buick goes one clear of Probert

Daily Express - - RACING: APPRENTICE BATTLE - By Rolf John­son The Scout

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.”

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