Jockey William Buick, 32, has been slapped with an 11-day suspension after breaking
the strict whip rules on big outsider Reshoun. And he was fined £1,150 by racecourse
chiefs after using the whip ‘above the permitted level and down the shoulder’ of the
seven-year-old Ian Williams-trained runner.
The ban could have huge implications in the race for the champion jockey.
Buick, one of the world’s top riders, and big rival Oisin Murphy are tied at the top of the
table on 37 winners each at the time of writing.
Both notched successes on day one of the five-day royal meeting, with Murphy
triumphant on 11-1 Berkshire Shadow in the Coventry Stakes.
Buick’s shock success on Reshoun came in the Ascot Stakes, where he saw off Willie
Mullins’ M C Muldoon by a short head.
Williams was stunned at the length of Buick’s ban.
The trainer said: “I’m very disappointed to hear William’s received a ban of that length.
“There was certainly nothing that struck me as I watched the race to make me think that
was coming. I’m a little shocked.”
The stewards’ report read: “William Buick, the rider of the winner, RESHOUN (FR), was
suspended for 11 days and fined £1,150 for using his whip above the permitted level and
down the shoulder in the forehand from approaching the final two furlongs.”
Speaking of the victory, Buick, who has won more than £1million so far this season, said:
“It’s a little bit of a surprise but, at the same time, Ian has a great record with these
stayers and every time I’m on one for him, it’s always respected.
“He didn’t look at 66-1 show in the paddock – the horse didn’t know his price at the end
of the day.