William Buick to ride Bunbury Cup favourite Gilgamesh

William Buick
William Buick

William Buick has been booked to ride Bet365 Bunbury Cup favourite Gilgamesh at Newmarket on Saturday.

George Scott's charge is currently a 6/1 chance with Sky Bet having won a valuable prize at York in May before finishing strongly into seventh in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot.

The trainer said: "Gilgamesh has come out of his Royal Ascot run really well and, although he is the kind of horse that doesn’t need much work, I have been pleased with him at home since then. I thought that he ran a really solid race in the Wokingham. I have always felt that he was a seven furlong specialist, we only really ran him over six because it was Royal Ascot, and he didn’t get the clearest of runs, so I think that you can upgrade that effort.

"He was very unlucky in the Victoria Cup earlier in the season. Four-year-olds have a good record in the bet365 Bunbury Cup and I feel that he is the kind of horse that has plenty more progression in him, so there is a lot in his favour

"William Buick is going to ride – he rode him in his last piece of work before Ascot, when he was only claimed by Godolphin at the last minute, and he’s a fantastic rider who is on the crest of a wave at the moment. That said, Eddie [Greatrex] has done nothing wrong on him and I’m sure he will get plenty more chances in the future.

"I do wonder if, because he is such a big horse, a flat track might be ideal for him [rather than the undulations of Newmarket] as it would allow him to stay more balanced. But there is no reason to believe that he will not handle the July Course and he will love the stiff finish as he always finishes his races strongly."

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