William Buick kept up the pressure on Oisin Murphy in the British Flat jockeys’ championship with a double at Nottingham on Tuesday, leaving him two behind the reigning champion on 148 winners.

A pair of sprint successes on the George Boughey-trained Zebelle and Mick Appleby-trained Raasel aided Buick in his quest for a maiden title, with Murphy drawing a blank on the card.

After two days together in the Midlands, the pair both travel south to go head-to-head at Chelmsford on Thursday evening when Buick again has a full book of seven rides with Murphy set to partner six.

Oisin Murphy

Wins 150
Rides on Thursday 6
Form in last 14 days Wins: 10 Rides: 69 (14 per cent strike-rate)
Odds (4-6f with Paddy Power)

Murphy starts the night in the colours of Alcohol Free’s owner Jeff Smith on Single Minded in the opening 1m2f nursery handicap (6.30).

The reigning champion does not have a ride in the second contest but is back in action on the Jamie Osborne-trained Notions, who is bidding to build on a solid second over 6f on debut at Windsor, in the 7f novice (7.30).

Buick may be Godolphin’s lead jockey but it’s Murphy who lines up in the blue silks in the 7f handicap (7.00) with Discover Dubai for Saeed bin Suroor.

He then partners Golden Owl on her all-weather debut in the 7f novice for older horses (8.30) and is back in the Godolphin blue for Dubai Icon in the mile handicap (9.00) before finishing his evening on Grandstand in another mile handicap (9.30).



William Buick

Wins 148
Rides on Wednesday 7
Form in last 14 days Wins: 18 Rides: 81 (22 per cent strike-rate)
Odds (11-10 with Paddy Power)

Buick has ridden five winners from 19 runners for Newmarket trainer James Tate this year and will hope to increase that record on Alpine Lady in the opener (6.30).

Typical Woman bids for a maiden victory in the mile novice (7.00) after an encouraging third at Nottingham last time and Buick then rides a rare Saeed bin Suroor-trained Shadwell runner Ramadhaan in the 7f novice for two-year-olds (7.30).

Riknnah landed a hat-trick for Simon and Ed Crisford during the summer and bids to get back to winning ways in the 7f handicap (8.00), and Buick teams up with the same trainers with hot favourite Lord Lovelace in the 7f novice for older horses (8.30) and Far Hope in the mile handicap (9.00).

Buick rounds out his night on recent Lingfield winner Aiguillette (9.30), who was a close third over course and distance last month.


(The British flat season ends on Saturday – all times changed to SA time)