Buick to begin Sydney Golden Slipper stint with Rosehill rides
William Buick is poised to take part in the first of two Saturdays riding in Australia, starting with six rides at Rosehill.
Godolphin have drafted in Buick to deputise for James Doyle, who is recovering from a fractured wrist sustained in a fall at Randwick last month.
Buick partners the former Mark Johnston-trained It's Somewhat in the Ajax Stakes and Bezel in the Phar Lap Stakes, both Group 2s, and is also in action in the Magic Night Stakes and Pago Pago Stakes, both Group 3s.
His rides in the Group 3s, Alizee and Coruscate, are both possibles for the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill a week later, a meeting for which Buick will also be in Sydney.
"It's an honour to be asked to go to Australia to ride for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, especially in a race such as the Golden Slipper," said Buick, who won the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington in November on the Charlie Appleby-trained Francis Of Assisi."
Doyle is scheduled to return to action on the first day of The Championships at Randwick on April 1.
Group 1 action at Flemington
There is high-class action in Melbourne on Saturday too, with Caulfield Cup heroine and potential Royal Ascot raider Jameka set to line up in the $1,500,000 Australian Cup.
The mare, who will bid to become the first of her sex to win the race since Makybe Diva in 2005, has had two starts during her autumn campaign and Saturday's race represents her first major target.
Ascot's international recruiter Nick Smith has also targeted sprinter Spieth, who will bid to land a first Group 1 in the $1,250,000 Newmarket Handicap on the Flemington card.
Spieth finished second over course and distance in the Darley Classic in November and was runner-up at Flemington over a furlong shorter in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes last month.