Born in Norway, William Buick holds British and Danish citizenship. His Scottish-born father Walter was a jockey and his mother Maria a show jumper. He speaks English, Norwegian, Danish and German.
Buick weighed under 6st when arriving in England after leaving school in Oslo.
His mentor, Ian Balding, saw enough in his early potential to place a bet of £10 on him at 500-1 on him becoming champion jockey before 2020. Few could argue it was a tremendous punt but, now he is a retained rider for Godolphin, Buick is more about quality than quantity. Still, who among us would not want that wager over the years ahead?
Buick was champion apprentice jockey with David Probert in 2008 and two years later was hired as stable jockey by John Gosden, even though he’d never ridden for him.
That decision was quickly vindicated when Buick won the £3 million Dubai Sheema Classic on Dar Re Mi. Then, aged 22, he won the Arlington Million on Debussy in Chicago before dashing back to Europe to win the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville on Dream Ahead – a Grade 1/Group 1 double within 16 hours.
He got off to a good start in the QIPCO British Champions Series in 2011 when winning the Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup in May on Duncan.
He recorded his second success in the QIPCO British Champions Series with Nathaniel in the Group 1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot and also enjoyed further series victories with Dream Ahead in the Betfred Sprint Cup and Masked Marvel in the Ladbrokes St Leger.
He rode another four Series winners in 2012 – Fallen For You in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, Nathaniel in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park, Ortensia in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes and Times Up in the Weatherbys Insurance Lonsdale Cup.
Buick signed a two-month contract to ride in Japan in January and February 2013 and started with a winner on his first ride.
He finished runner-up in both the 2013 Betfred Temple Stakes on Swiss Spirit and the Investec Derby on Libertarian before landing the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes on Elusive Kate and the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes on Winsili. He followed that with a scintillating triumph on The Fugue in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks, avenging their narrow defeat in the race in 2012, and he then rode her to victory in the Irish Champion Stakes. He also rode her into second place in the Breeders’ Cup Turf and the Hong Kong Vase.
The Fugue blossomed by winning the 2014 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot with ease with Buick always in control, although she has now been retired. But Buick had another filly in the stable which propelled him to his second victory in the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes, Sultanina, and he was then runner-up on Romsdal in the Ladbrokes St Leger.
In 2015 Buick failed to win a Series race but he enjoyed big-race wins on such as Golden Horn, Buratino and Lumiere. And he began 2016 with a Group 1 win on Tryster in Dubai.
In 2017, he has enjoyed further significant triumphs on Ribchester in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
QIPCO British Champions Series Victories
BCS Career statistics
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