Buick back on the gallops in race to be fit for Champions Day
William Buick was back in the saddle and on the gallops for the first time on Thursday as he stepped up his efforts to make it back from the horror fall from Permian at Arlington last month that put Godolphin's number-one rider in hospital.
Buick is attempting to make it back in time for Champions Day at Ascot on October 21, according to Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby, but faces a race against time as he still needs to obtain the all-clear from the doctor before he can return to race-riding.
Buick unseated and fractured his T12 vertebra as Permian broke down after crossing the line in last place at the end of the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes – an incident that resulted in the popular Mark Johnston-trained colt being put down.
Buick did not require surgery and flew home shortly afterwards in a neck brace. He has been working on his rehabilitation since the fall on August 12.
'Things are progressing'
He took another step forward as he rode out for the first time, partnering two lots for Appleby. A cautious Buick said: "It was a natural step but it wasn't anything major. I did little more than put my legs either side of a horse.
"It was good to do it but I don't have any news yet on a date for my return. I don't want to put a time on it just yet with things still up in the air, but things are progressing."
Appleby added: "William rode out for the first time since his injury this morning and rode out two lots for us.
"He seemed in good shape but will see the doctor next week which will tell us more. I suppose he'd like to come back for the Champions Day at Ascot, but we have plenty of maidens for him to ride next month so hopefully he can come back soon."
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