William Buick: set to miss a host of big races when ban starts on Sunday
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WILLIAM BUICK will miss the core of the summer Flat season after a 30-day ban imposed on him by stewards in France was upheld at an appeal on Wednesday.
The decision by France Galop to dismiss Buick’s appeal means he will miss such jewels as next week’s July festival at Newmarket, the Irish Oaks, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot and Glorious Goodwood.
The ban, incurred after Buick’s ride on Highlands Queen in the Prix de Diane on June 19, starts on Sunday and will be a blow to both the rider and his employers Godolphin, who enjoyed notable success at Royal Ascot this month.
Speaking on Wednesday evening, Buick said he had “deep regret” for the incident and promised not to be involved in anything similar in the future.
“Following my hearing with the French racing authority this morning my appeal has been dismissed and the episode is now closed,” he said.
“I deeply regret my actions and will not repeat this again. I acted in the heat of the moment through frustration and I am very remorseful that I will miss an important period of the season.”
The 27-year-old was deemed to have played a major role in the interference that led Pierre-Charles Boudot’s mount Armande falling with 300 metres to go in the French Classic, with Highlands Queen disqualified from ninth and Buick initially 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 and was confirmed following Wednesday’s inquiry at France Galop, where Buick was accompanied by his lawyer Mary-Daphne Fichelson.
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