William Buick is looking forward to a massive weekend which will see him take in big races in North America and Europe.
He jets out to Chicago on Saturday for a book of rides headlined by Tryster in the Arlington Million before heading back over the Atlantic for a date with Ribchester in the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville on Sunday.
The Godolphin jockey landed a similar double at those two tracks on the corresponding weekend 12 months ago with victories on Debussy in the Million and Dream Ahead in the Prix Morny on French soil.
Buick is excited at the prospect of another potentially lucrative weekend which has also seen him pick up good rides in the supporting races at Arlington on American Patriot for Todd Pletcher in the Secretariat Stakes and German raider Wasir for Andreas Wohler in the American St Leger.
However, the Charlie Appleby-trained Tryster has to overcome a wide draw, in stall 12 in a 13-runner field, for the mile and a quarter showpeice.
“It’s obviously not great. It’s a typical tight and oval American track. Although it’s not the be all and end all, it’s not ideal,” Buick told At The Races.
“Obviously his running style is from the back so if he gets a good pace to run at and they get spread out his chance would be increased.
“He’s going the right way round, he likes going left-handed. If he gets a good pace to run at he’s got plenty to keep him interested. It should suit him.
“It would be a worry if they got any of that rain that is forecast on Friday. We’re hoping the ground doesn’t turn soft like last year, the faster the better for him.
“It’s a strong, solid race. Every horse that’s running deserves his place and so do we.
“Tryster is over there and has shipped well. I go Saturday morning, it’s a day trip for me.”
Buick has done his homework on his two big outside mounts on the undercard.
“It’s great to pick up a ride in the Secretariat for Todd. American Patriot is a horse he thinks a fair bit of. He went straight from a maiden into a Grade Two at Churchill then he won a Grade Three at Delaware,” said the jockey.
“He looks a nice horse and it’s a pretty open race.
“I ride Wasir for Andreas Wohler in the Leger and his horse must have a good chance. His stamina was probably stretched in the Ascot Gold Cup and the time before that he won in Germany.
“It’s an extreme distance for America, so if they stay it’s half the battle.”
Buick is expecting a bold display from Richard Fahey’s progressive colt Ribchester in the Marois following his excellent effort in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, where he was a fast-finishing third behind The Gurkha and Galileo Gold.
“It was a great run in the Sussex. He stepped up on everything he had done and he’s obviously improved,” he said.