Buick bounces back to land a super double for his boss at Great Yarmouth

Johnny Barnes ridden by William Buick wins the 5.05 at Yarmouth. Johnny Barnes ridden by William Buick wins the 5.05 at Yarmouth.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
6:30 AM

Jockey William Buick took a hefty tumble at Lingfield on Tuesday and originally told his boss, trainer John Gosden, that he didn’t expect to be riding at Great Yarmouth on Wednesday.

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Johnny Barnes ridden by William Buick wins the 5.05 at Yarmouth.Johnny Barnes ridden by William Buick wins the 5.05 at Yarmouth.

But an early morning trip to the physiotherapist revealed no serious injuries and so the youngster headed for the east coast.

His supporters were happy he did for Buick had two winning rides, both for Gosden, including in the feature contest at the seven-race evening meeting.

“I feel better now,” admitted Buick, who admitted he had to work hard to get Ski Lift, the 11/4 favourite, home in the nine furlongs contest.

“She made hard work of it. I had to get after her three out but in the end she has done the business,” added Buick, after the three-year-old filly had opened her account, running in a handicap for the first time.

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She finally picked up under Buick’s driving and won by two lengths from Lady Cecil’s Blighty and 10-year-old Vainglory, the fastest finisher of the field.

Two good-looking newcomers, 7/4 joint favourites, fought out the finish in the opener, the maiden for two-year-olds.

Gosden’s Johnny Barnes took the victory from the Luca Cumani trained and Atzeni ridden Bartholomew Fair.

Johnny Barnes took it up a furlong out and always looked like holding Bartholomew Fair for a success for Buick which proved to be leg one of a more than 9/1 double.

Johnny Barnes ridden by William Buick wins the 5.05 at Yarmouth.Johnny Barnes ridden by William Buick wins the 5.05 at Yarmouth.

Easiest win of the evening was for Andrea Atzeni on the William Haggas trained evens favourite Authorized Too. In the four-runner 12-furlong handicap, the gelding was never off the bridle in foiling a hat-trick bid by Needless Shouting.

Authorized Too pulled alongside Needless Shouting two furlongs out and won at will from the Mick Channon trained and Sam Hitchcott ridden Needless Shouting who won at the course a week ago.

There was no joy for local trainer Christine Dunnett who fielded two runs in the five-furlong sprint handicap.

The race went to the Channon trained Lunarian. A winner over six furlongs at Brighton last week, Charles Bishop delivered the filly a furlong out and won comfortably on the rail at 3/1 from 20/1 outsider Arch Walker and favourite Captain Scooby.

Favourite Rosslyn Castle justified his position in the market with a length win in the two-mile handicap under Danny Brock for Charlie McBride.

The gelding always looked the likely winner. Despite Shelley Birkett’s urgings on course regular The Ducking Stool, Rosslyn Castle never really looked under pressure and scored having previously run well over further in a hurdles race.

On a night when the bookies took a real bashing, grey filly Strike A Light repeated her win of last week.

The Rae Guest trained three-year-old tracked the early leaders before Chris Catlin pushed her through the gap. She quickened impressively to win at 2/1 favourite from Pretty Bubbles who took second in a photo-finish from the well-backed Punk.

The finale saw trainer Chris Wall record his fifth winner of the season at the course when 3/1 shot Venus Marina, under Ashley Morgan, won the seven-furlong handicap.

Venus Marina hit the front a furlong out to win from Risk n Reward after the 13 runners had initially split into two groups.

One of the guests at the course was local MP Brandon Lewis.

Next meeting is on Tuesday, first race at 2pm.

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