Buick appeals Sha Tin suspension

Hong Kong Jockey Club stewards' advised on Monday that UK jockey William Buick has lodged a notice of his intention to appeal against the severity of the penalty of suspension from riding in races from 17 December 2018 to 27 January 2019 and a fine of $20,000 imposed by the Hong Kong Racing Stewards on 9 December 2018 for breaching Rule of Racing 100 (1).

The stewards' report from Sunday's HKIR meeting:

W Buick (PAKISTAN STAR) pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that near the 450 Metres he directed his mount out at an acute angle when not clear of WALDGEIST, causing that horse and RED VERDON, which was racing to the outside of WALDGEIST, to be severely checked. In assessing penalty, the Stewards took into consideration Jockey Buick’s guilty plea but also his actions had seriously compromised the safety and welfare of those horses and riders to his outside and had significantly impacted upon the chances of both WALDGEIST and RED VERDON in this race. In the circumstances, the Stewards believed that the appropriate penalty was for W Buick to be suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Monday, 17 December 2018 and to expire on Monday, 28 January 2019 on which day he may resume race riding (12 Hong Kong racedays). In addition, W Buick was fined HK$20,000.