On the day William Buick celebrates his 33rd birthday, we reflect on his epic Epsom Derby success aboard Masar three years ago.
After going off as favourite for the 2,000 Guineas and not performing to what was expected, the stiffer track and test worked the oracle as Charlie Appleby celebrated his first Classic success.
Buick, on the other hand, had landed successive St Leger’s in 2010 and 2011, respectively, but secured honours on the Downs on the New Approach colt, whose grandsire was the recently deceased and legendary equine figure, Galileo.
In an incredibly strong renewal, the likes of Roaring Lion, Saxon Warrior, Kew Gardens, and Dee Ex Bee were simply no match for the Newmarket representative on the day, all left toiling in his wake as he went onto win by just over a length.
Last month, the same connections, William Buick aside, took the spoils in Surrey through Adayar, who runs in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot this Saturday.
The Godolphin retained rider did, however, take the Irish renewal thanks to Hurricane Lane, who chased home his stable-mate at Epsom when finishing third.