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Stable Mates MCR (may contain racing)

This is THE big story of the closed flat season. The world renowned British trainer John Gosden has signed 19 year old William Buick to be his stable/retained jockey (the equivilant in footy would be Real Madrid signing Accrington Stanley's groundsman to be their new centre forward). Buick has been rising fast for the last couple of years since his apprentice days, but no one saw this coming. Gosden must have seen something in him that he believes in (previous employees of Gosden include the legends Frankie Detorri and Johnny Murtagh), but to be a stable jockey at his age is something you don't often see. The guy who got sidelined for Buick to move in is Jimmy Fortune, a jockey that I get at least a 70% win factor from when I back him. So this shows how much Gosden rates Buick.



For me, racing is all about the flat season. Although I like the jumps, the flat is the best lads on the best horses trianed by the best trainers (and it's not always fecking raining), and this years season is going to be a belter. Apart from Buick, watch out for some other young guns namely Tom Queally and David Probert. The latter has been gaining confidence at all weather courses like Wolverhampton all through the winter (last week I saw him ride three winners in a day). A veteran to watch out for is Kieren Fallon, first full season after his ban, and very keen to go for the champion jockey title.

As for horses in this years flat season, you've got to look at St. Nicholas Abbey. Trained by Aiden O'Brien with Johnny boy Murtagh at the reins. I don't tend to predict owt, but I do think SNA could be a serious contender for the Derby.

*waits impatiently for spring*  
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Dock

It looks like Gosden's risk is paying off. William Buick, a legend in the making? Very probably.

http://www.independent.co.uk/spor...e-dream-in-fast-lane-2059422.html

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