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EPSOM DERBY REWIND: William Buick and Masar secure 2018 success

William Buick turns 33 today and we celebrate his big day by looking back at Masar’s 2018 Derby heroics



2EHFW11 Horse Racing - Derby Festival - Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom, Britain - June 2, 2018 Masar ridden by William Buick wins the 4.30 Investec Derby Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

On the day William Buick celebrates his 33rd birthday, we reflect on his epic Epsom Derby success aboard Masar three years ago.

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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.

Charlie Appleby smiles at the Ebor Festival
William Buick and Masar gave trainer Charlie Appleby and Godolphin their first taste of Derby glory in 2018

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.

Adam Kirby and Adayar Epsom
In more recent history, Adayar replicated Masar’s win in the Derby back in June under Adam Kirby

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.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.