William Buick – the Conqueror


Jockey William Buick from Oslo has assignments for the Sheik of Dubai, the Queen of England, Arséne Wenger and the musical king Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, has swooped to recruit the jockeys William Buick for his Godolphin racing empire.
His new contract will not come into effect until the jockey has fulfilled his current riding arrangements, completing all contractual obligations to his present employers.

William Buick – the conqueror – has been fabulously successful in 2014 as retained rider for the John Gosden stable, where he has been first jockey since 2010. He was trainer champion in 2012 and the most winning jockey that year.  Gosden is the trainer for The Fugue, a horse belonging to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and has seven victories in eleven runs.

Buick was appointed “Apprentice Jockey of the Year” by British Horseracing Awards in 2008 and 2009.

In 2012 he participated in 130 runs and was the third most winning and best earning top jockey.

“It’s like being a boxer,” says Buick. “You must be lightweight but strong at the same time.”

The jockey flew to Dubai from Heathrow to confirm his new deal. Eye-bulging sums of cash must have been on offer to secure his signature.

About the horse owners he says:

“Andrew Lloyd Webber is unbelievably pleasant and vey eccentric. Arsène Wenger is a shy person and quite boring. Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum looks very intense, but he is a fair guy. He knows horses better than most people. Queen Elizabeth of England is very earthy, and knows evidently a lot about horses.”

William Buick was born on the 22 July in Baerum outside Oslo. He has British and Danish citizenships and lives in Newmarket, England.

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