William Buick is not your average Derby-winning jockey as he is fluent in Norwegian, Danish and German as well as English.
He was announced as a Godolphin retained jockey on November 9, 2014 and is first jockey for Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby.
That alliance led to him partnering Masar to Investec Derby glory in 2018, giving Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation its first winner of the premier Classic in blue colours.
Born on July 22, 1988, in Norway, he Hails from a family with lots of equestrian background. His mother Maria became a showjumper and dressage rider, while his father Walter enjoyed a long career as a jockey, being champion jockey eight times in Denmark and once in Norway.
Buick rode out for his father in Germany and for Norwegian champion trainer Wido Neuroth. He would get up in the middle of winter and ride work in sub-zero temperatures before heading to school for his studies.
He started life at Andrew Balding’s yard at Kingclere, Berkshire, becoming an apprentice jockey after leaving school at the age of 16.
The jockey gained a first Royal Ascot success on Dark Missile in the Wokingham Handicap, one of the most competitive races in the calendar, in June, 2007, and the first Group victory came on Buccellati in the St Simon Stakes at Newbury in October, 2008.
Buick ended 2008 as joint-champion apprentice and was appointed stable jockey to John Gosden in January, 2010, despite never having ridden for the Newmarket handler before.
With an affiliation to such strong connections, Buick has ridden over 20 Royal Ascot winners plus two St Leger winners – 2010 Arctic Cosmos and 2011 Masked Marvel.
Other major wins throughout the middle 2010s include: Arlington Million (2010 Debussy), Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2017 Wuheida), Dubai Sheema Classic (2010 Dar Re Mi, 2016 Jack Hobbs, 2018 Hawkbill), Dubai World Cup (2015 Prince Bishop), Eclipse (2012 Nathaniel, 2016 Hawkbill), Haydock Sprint Cup (2011 Dream Ahead), Irish Champion Stakes (2013 The Fugue), Irish Derby (2015 Jack Hobbs), Irish Oaks (2012 Great Heavens), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2011 Nathaniel), Nunthorpe Stakes (2012 Ortensia), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2014 The Fugue), Prix Jacques Le Marois (2016 Ribchester), Yorkshire Oaks (2013 The Fugue), King’s Stand Stakes (2018 Blue Point), Qatar Nassau Stakes (Wild Illusion 2018).
Buick started the the new decade and 2020 Series in impressive style, winning the Hursworth Bloodstock Coronation Cup with a start-to-finish win on the enigmatic, Ghayyaith.