Man on a Mission – William Buick Bids for an Unforgettable Saturday on the Rowley Mile
William Buick’s Newmarket Saturday Rides Assessed
Top jockey William Buick has an exciting book of rides at Newmarket on Saturday for their Dewhurst card. It seems almost unfathomable that William Buick will not leave the track with at least a couple of wins, and with that in mind, here at Racing Tips we have assessed all six Saturday rides below.
POINT LYNAS – (1:10pm, Dubai Nursery Handicap)
William Buick’s first ride at Newmarket on Saturday comes on the card’s opening race, a 7f nursery. He partners POINT LYNAS, an eight-race maiden but one who has finished a close second in each of his last two starts.
Charlie Hills’ colt surely has races in him off a mark of 78, and William Buick now takes the ride for the first time. Whilst others in this line-up undoubtedly arrive with a less-exposed profile, it would be dangerous to write off this son of Iffraaj.
HAFIT – (1:45pm, Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes)
Picked up for an eye-watering 2.1million guineas as a yearling, HAFIT shaped as though he was a horse of some potential when impressively landing a July course maiden here on debut.
He was admittedly held when just 8/11 for a Listed contest at Haydock afterwards, but there was probably no shame in losing to a horse that looked simply more clued up than him.
That extra experience should have done Hafit the world of good and these slightly softer ground conditions also look in his favour. He currently holds the highest rating of all these runners and therefore must be strongly feared.
COROEBUS – (2:20pm, Emirates Autumn Stakes)
Similarly to stablemate Hafit, COROEBUS took a strong July course race on debut earlier this year. Four of the five horses directly behind him that day have come out and won since, and Coroebus was well on top at the line.
Sent off joint-favourite for the Group 2 Royal Lodge here last time out, Coroebus looked almost certain to score before idling and throwing his race away.
Given a more patient ride here by William Buick he can be expected to gain compensation.
NATIVE TRAIL – (2:55pm, Darley Dewhurst Stakes)
The ride William Buick will arguably be looking forward to most at Newmarket on Saturday comes in the Dewhurst, where he partners NATIVE TRAIL.
This son of Oasis Dream comes into Saturday’s race with an unblemished career record (3-3), returning to action with an impressive victory in the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh where he claimed the scalp of Aidan O’Brien’s Point Lonsdale.
He already looks like a horse that will appreciate stepping up to a mile in time, but that National Stakes victory showed him to be capable at the top level over this distance and an official rating of 122 puts him well clear of these rivals.
BURNING VICTORY – (3:35pm, Together For Racing International Cesarewitch Handicap)
A rare race missing from the William Buick CV is the Cesarewitch Handicap, yet he will be aiming to write that wrong when he gets aboard BURNING VICTORY.
A somewhat fortuitous winner of the Triumph Hurdle in 2020 courtesy of Goshen’s late tumble, Burning Victory is relatively lightly raced compared to the majority of her rivals and an official mark of 98 could be lenient considering that she is rated in the mid 140s over hurdles.
Willie Mullins has trained the last three Cesarewitch winners and William Buick will be hoping to continue that trend.
BARNEY ROY – (4:45pm, Darley Stakes)
William Buick’s fine ride on Saturday’s Newmarket card comes in the concluding Group 3 Darley Stakes where he partners up with the popular BARNEY ROY.
This 7yo was shrewdly campaigned in 2020, landing three Group 1’s across Dubai and Germany. He has been off the track for well over a year now but his yard can ready one on the back of an absence.
If reappearing in his Group 1 winning best form he would likely prove very tough to beat.