William Buick – Jockey Profile

William Buick
Jockey License: Flat & Jumps
Date of Birth:
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Jockey License:
Flat & Jumps
Notable Horses:
Prince Bishop, Real Impact, Bell Lap
Titles Awarded:
Biggest Wins:
  • £3,846,154: Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline (Group 1) (Dirt) – March 28, 2015
  • £380,580: Hanshin Cup (Group 2) (Turf) – Dec 27, 2014
  • £185,134: Radio Nikkei Hai Kyoto Nisai Stakes (Grade 3) (Turf) – Nov 29, 2014

About William Buick

At just 25 years of age William Buick has already established himself not only among the top jockeys in Britain, but also internationally as a rider of the highest class.

Buick’s meteoric rise to the top is reminiscent of a similar trajectory enjoyed by subsequent three-time champion jockey Frankie Dettori, some 20 years earlier. Blessed with a natural and relaxed way of communicating with the media as well as trainers and owners, Buick grew up in Scandinavia where his father Walter – who these days works as a race analyst for Britain’s Press Association – was champion jockey a number of times.

There are plenty of stories about how small Buick was when he first began riding as an apprentice in England. One tale suggests he was so diminutive he couldn’t even carry the saddle out of the weighing room as it had 20kgs of lead to make up the weight; he himself only weighed 35 kilos! Small he might have been, but Buick soon caught the eye of a number of trainers who spotted his talent and he began his career riding for Andrew Balding at Kingsclere and partnered his first career winner, appropriately enough, on Tiny Tim at Brighton in August 2006.

After sharing the 2008 Champion Apprentice title with David Probert – they both rode 50 winners – Buick partnered 66 winners the following year after losing his apprentice allowance. Soon after, he got the phone call that changed his life when top trainer John Gosden called to offer the 21-year-old the plum job of stable jockey at his powerful Newmarket yard. Since January 2010 the pair have enjoyed tremendous success with a string of top-class performers and Buick has repaid the faith placed in him by Gosden in riding intelligently, with good judgement, and rarely being found in the wrong place at the wrong time in top races around the globe.

On only his fourth ride for Gosden Buick signalled that the shrewd trainer had made no mistake in trusting one so young with the top job when riding Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Dar Re Mi to a famous success in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan.

A host of big-race winners have followed in the subsequent four years, including classic wins in the 2010 & 2011 St Leger’s with Arctic Cosmos and Masked Marvel, the 2010 Arlington Million in Chicago on Debussy, and a clutch of other Group 1 successes on great horses such as Nathaniel (including the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stake), Elusive Kate, Dream Ahead, and The Fugue.

William Buick has ridden more than 100 winners in Britain in each of the last three seasons at an average strike-rate of 18%. It is worth noting that he has a particularly good strike-rate when riding at Brighton (36%), Newcastle and Wolverhampton (28%), Chester (27%), and at Nottingham and Doncaster (24%).

The majority of Buick’s winners come from his retained stable of John Gosden for whom he has a very respectable 21% overall strike-rate. It is also worth noting that the young star does well when partnering horses for Luca Cumani (44%), Ed Dunlop (43%), Willie Musson (35%), Saeed bin Suroor (29%), Ed Walker (28%), and for both Jeremy Noseda and William Haggas (27%) [1].