‘Offensive’ Buick handed 30-day ban by French stewards

William Buick

William Buick: intends to appeal the ban

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

WILLIAM BUICK had a 15-day ban doubled by the French stewards for offensive behaviour after being found at fault for the fall of Armande in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly on Sunday.

Buick is understood to have accused the stewarding panel of being corrupt, an outburst he apologised for, but for which he would have very likely received an even stiffer punishment.

Buick partnered the Yohann Gourraud-trained Highlands Queen in the Group 1 and was adjudged to have caused interference that affected a number of runners on his outside and resulted in the fall of Pierre-Charles Boudot’s mount. Highlands Queen was demoted to last, having finished ninth. Boudot and Highlands Queen escaped unharmed.

Godolphin’s retained rider was given 15 days for his part in the incident, and a further 15 days for being offensive towards officials.

The ban is due to begin on July 3 – the day after the Coral-Eclipse – and will rule the rider out for the rest of the month, including Newmarket’s July meeting, Irish Oaks and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

It is yet to be established whether Buick will appeal against all or part of the ban.


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