William Buick Lands Another Group 1 On Foreign Soil

Godolphin's number one rider William Buick landed the big Grade 1 in Japan on Sunday when going on to score in the Mile Championship at Kyoto on board Stelvio.

The Tetsuya Kimura trained horse had been swept a side in his latest outing before this race in the Japanese Derby but his trainer found he would be better over a mile and he certainly was, hitting the front inside the final furlong and digging in to keep away the competition from last year's winner Persian Knight.

(Credit Racing Post) Buick said: "It’s my first Grade 1 win in Japan and this race is obviously one of the world’s biggest mile races so it’s very special for me.

"The horse was in great condition and when I saw he was drawn one I thought if could make use of it and get a good position he had a chance.

"He had a good finishing kick. He won like a class horse and hopefully this is the beginning of his Grade 1 career."

This is the Norwiegan jockeys seventh Grade 1 win in a different country as he has landed black types all over the globe in 2018.

UAE - Hawkbill, Sheema Classic, March
Hong Kong - Pakistan Star, QEII Cup, April
Britain - Masar, Derby, June
Ireland - Quorto, National Stakes, September
France - Wild Illusion, Prix de l'Opera, October
USA - Line Of Duty, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, November
- Stelvio, Mile Championship, November

landing this Grade 1 in Japan carries on a remarkable year for the European rider who landed the Derby as his greatest achievement of the year on board Masar for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin.

Ryan Moore was also in Japan last Weekend flying the flag for European riders overseas but didn't have the same luck as his companion as he could only finish a modest 12th on board Aerolithe in the Grade 1 Mile Championship, but did land a winner on Plunderer and T O Victory on the card.

(Credit World Horse Racing)