Buick to Partner Magic Hurricane in 2016 Chipping Norton Stakes

February 24th, 2016

Notable European jockey William Buick has experiences good success in a hit-and-run riding fashion in Australian through recent seasons and is thrilled to have again received the call of from Godolphin Australia to partner Magic Hurricane in Saturday’s featured 2016 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick.

Magic Hurricane will be partnered by William Buick in Saturday's 2016 Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart

Magic Hurricane will be partnered by William Buick in Saturday’s 2016 Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart

Buick was something of a constant for Godolphin in 2015 as trainer John O’Shea required several riders for the many runners he often fielded in feature races, and partnered two-year-old Tarquin to success in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) most notably in autumn.

Thrilled have to been selected to take the ride on Magic Hurricane in the 2016 Chipping Norton Stakes, Buick told Godolphin.com he hopes to repay the faith placed in him by O’Shea and the Godolphin Australia outfit once more this weekend.

“I feel it’s a great privilege to be asked to go down to ride for Godolphin again in Australia, even if it is only for a weekend here or a couple of days there,” Buick said.

“It is one of the major attractions of riding for a stable with such a fantastic global set-up. It’s a wonderful opportunity. As a jockey, I find Australian racing sharpens you up a bit.

“John O’Shea, Darren Beadman, James McDonald are part of a great team, and I feel lucky to be joining them again for a short time. I am really looking forward to it.”

Magic Hurricane has been a strong and consistent performer since debuting to racing in Britain in 2012; posting an impressive five wins and as many minors through only seventeen competitive starts.

Ending his time under the guidance of James Fanshawe fifth in the Coral App Stakes (2092m) at York in October 2014, the Hurricane Run gelding debut in Australia for success in the Randwick City Council BM94 (1400m) on June 6th last year; progressing to fourth in the Ranvet BM90 (1600m) before returning to the paddock.

Resuming in spring for third in the Canterbury Hurlstone RSL Handicap (1400m), Magic Hurricane made a successful transition to black type company when taking out the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) on August 29th; placing second to Preferment in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) before breaking through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) on October 3rd.

Having resumed this time for seventh in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) on February 13th, Magic Hurricane is sure to have taken plenty of benefit from the run and will relish a step up to a mile for the 2016 Chipping Norton Stakes.

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