No Stopping Buick! His Four Rides At Doncaster On Wednesday Assessed

Jockey William Buick is nailed on to finish Champion Jockey, and has already ridden six winners in September.

Add to that he has a 50% strike-rate at Doncaster this year, he could be set for a load more winners this week at the St Leger Festival!

He has four rides on the opening day of the Festival – we talk through each ride and assess his chances of more winners ↓

Modern Dancer (2.25 Doncaster)

He starts with arguably his best chance of a winner, with MODERN DANCER set to go off as a short-priced favourite in the Nursery Handicap. 

Having won over C&D on his debut, he failed to follow up at Yarmouth, finishing second behind the impressive Seeking Gold. That one finished fourth in Listed company next time out, so the form is working out nicely. 

Charlie Appleby’s colt receives 2lb from his closest rival in the better, Indian Dream, and with the red-hot form of both trainer and jockey, it’s easy enough to see why he’s favourite. It’s looking like it will be a winning start to the day for Buick!

Bounce The Blues (3.35 Doncaster)

Another one with an excellent chance, William Buick can steer BOUNCE THE BLUES to victory in the feature. Trainer Andrew Balding has won the race twice in the last four years, and he has an excellent chance of another winner here. 

She finished 7th in the Oak Tree Stakes at her last attempt at 7f, but finished ahead of a couple of these rivals still, including Heredia. She was giving that rival 7lb that day, and only has to give her 4lb here. 

This will be the first time William Buick has been on board her, and with him in such impressive form of late, he could be exactly what’s needed to get her back in the winners enclosure.

Lovely Mana (4.10 Doncaster)

LOVELY MANA has failed to win in her last three, but a return to form isn’t out of the question and with Buick back on board, she can run into a place. 

She beat King Of Stars comfortably at Sandown in July the last time Buick was on board, so the fact he’s back is a huge positive for her chances. However, she does find herself mixing with some high-class horses in this, with the likes of Manaccan and Equilateral lining up, so a place could be her most realistic outcome. 

Lonely Mana is arguably Buick’s worst ride of the day, but the fact he was on board for her last victory does give her a slight chance. Realistically though, finishing in the places here would be seen as a great result.

X J Rascal (4.45 Doncaster)

The step up in trip should suit X J RASCAL, who looks to have an excellent chance of finally getting back to winning ways. Having gone close in his last two races, this could be the time he gets his nose back in front. 

Buick was on board at Goodwood when he fluffed the start, giving the rest a good five lengths head start. But he made good headway and only just failed to catch the winner, going down by a head. That was some effort considering how badly he missed the start! 

He then filled the runner-up spot again in his most recent race, going down by a head to Zabbie. The winner, third and fourth all raced prominently, whereas X J Rascal raced towards the rear, so you can bump up that effort considering he did best of the chasing pack. 

This doesn’t look an overly strong race, and X J Rascal has the best form on offer. Providing he doesn’t fluff the start, he should be up to winning this.