William Buick’s Season So Far in NumbersBy Angelica Malin
William Buick is the gift that just keeps giving for flat racing punters — with the recent renewal of Glorious Goodwood yet just another display of his raw talent and ability in the saddle. Indeed, some might argue that he has one the easiest jobs as a jockey — being the number one rider for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby — but he still has to deliver, and do so under the pressure of riding for one of the sport’s most famed and demanding operations.
And, with three-time Flat Jockeys Championship winner Oisin Murphy banned for the season due to breaching Covid-19 protocols and failing two breath tests last year, Buick is finally on course to receive the recognition he deserves as one of the world’s best jockeys — as he edges ever closer to getting his hands on that top jockey trophy at Ascot’s British Champions Day in mid-October.
So, as we approach the business end of the 2022 campaign and the big end of season finales begin to loom large on the horizon, let’s take a look back at Buick’s season thus far in numbers.
373: The number of rides Buick has had in Britain this season, starting from the Guineas Festival on April 30th — when the face for the Flat Jockeys Championship gets underway — to the time of writing.
94: With 94 wins to date, there is a reason why one of the 34-year-old’s rides are always worth using your bet 10 get 30 from Betfair offer on. Buick’s biggest victory on home soil so far this season came aboard Coroebus in the St. James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot — his first win in the Group 1 feature.
25%: Buick’s strike rate so far this season. Only Italian Andrea Atzeni (154 rides, 40 wins) boasts a bigger winning percentage (26%) in the top 10 of the current 2022 Flat Jockey Championship standings. But when you consider Buick has been in the saddle over 370 times this season, over double that of Atzeni, a return of 25% is certainly no mean feat.
£3,237,082: The total prize money Buick has amassed thus far, with 82 seconds, 67 thirds and 48 fourth-place finishes helping him surpass the £3 million mark — the majority of which has, unsurprisingly, came in the three-year-old turf division. It’s the third largest earnings Buick has racked up in his 17-year career, and he still has plenty of time to better his £5.657,614 record.
£1,729,538: Buick’s winning prize purse — which is almost half-a-million short of Ryan Moore’s mammoth £2,214,563 and around £50k behind Jim Crowley’s £1,781,227. The £283,550 prize pot accumulated for winning the St James’s Palace is up there with his biggest earnings from a single race this season.
6: The number of winners Buick had at Glorious Goodwood as he retained his top jockey status at the prestigious meeting. His biggest wins of the week came in the Whispering Angel Oat Tree Stakes, the John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes and the Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes — all Group 3 contests.
1: As well as a maiden victory in the St James’s Palace, Buick enjoyed first victories in a couple of Classics — winning the Poule d’Essai des Poulains, the French equivalent of the 2,000 Guineas, with Modern Games and he followed that up just days later with a victory in the Irish 2,000 Guineas with Native Trail.