William Buick to appeal severity of six-week Hong Kong ban

Mon 10 Dec 2018

William Buick intends to appeal against the severity of the six-week ban imposed by the stewards for his ride in Sunday’s Hong Kong Vase.

The jockey pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless riding after partnering the Tony Cruz-trained Pakistan Star to finish sixth in the Group One heat.

Buick was found to have caused interference to both Waldgeist and Red Verdon when going for a gap with a couple of furlongs to race, with the Hong Kong Jockey Club stewards suspending him from December 17 to January 28, which is equivalent to 12 Hong Kong racedays.

Buick was also fined HK$20,000 for the rule breach, but intends to lodge an appeal against the sanctions.

In their report, the Hong Kong Jockey Club's stewards said: "In assessing the penalty, the stewards took into consideration Buick's guilty plea but also his actions had seriously compromised the safety and welfare of those horses and riders to his outside and had significantly impacted upon the chances of both Waldgeist and Red Verdon in this race."

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