Jockey William Buick will be under the microscope in England this year, as the first call rider for the strong John Gosden stable. It looks as if he is ready for the job.
The partnership was announced in January and Buick made a fast early impression in Dubai on Saturday, guiding Dar Re Mi to a victory by three-quarters of a length in the $5 million Sheema Classic.
A former champion apprentice in Britain, Buick will have opportunities for many big race wins in coming months. Just 21, he won the Group 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine last fall aboard Lahaleeb for trainer Mick Channon of England. The Taylor was Buick's first Grade 1 win.
British observers consider to Buick to be a contender for the jockey's title in that country, along with Ryan Moore and Kieren Fallon. They cite his poise in a race, and maturity off the track, as assets.
With Gosden making the Breeders' Cup a focal point of his autumn each year, expect Buick to be back in North America this fall.