Doyle and Buick the new boys in blue
James Doyle and William Buick have been announced as the new retained riding duo for Godolphin. Both riders, who are already employed in two of the top jobs in the industry with Khalid Abdullah and John Gosden respectively, will take up their new jobs when their current contracts come to an end.
Doyle, who has enjoyed great success for Abdullah this season with the likes of Kingman and Noble Mission, will team up with Saeed bin Suroor, whilst Buick will be retained as number one jockey by Charlie Appleby. Both will interchange when needed and both will also be on-board on foreign soil when required. Mickael Barzalona will continue to ride for the boys in blue in France but Silvestre de Sousa’s contract has not been renewed.
Gosden will now also have more runners under the Godolphin guise, as all horses owned by Princess Haya of Jordan will now run under the Godolphin banner. Buick and Doyle will have their first rides for their new bosses in the Dubai Carnival next year.
In a statement on Godolphin’s website, Buick said: “I have been very fortunate to have been employed by John Gosden since I completed my apprenticeship and without his faith and wise counsel I would not be in the position that I am in today to take what is, in my opinion, the most coveted position in world racing.
“John has shown me great loyalty and given me access to Classic winners and success on a world stage. No jockey has had a better mentor. Now I am looking forward to sharing the Godolphin riding arrangements with my very good friend James.
“Both of us have had to make hard decisions but no one has made a commitment to world racing like Sheikh Mohammed and it is an honour for both of us to be invited to be a part of his team.”
A delighted Doyle said: “I have had a wonderful season riding for Juddmonte and Prince Khalid during which I was fortunate to ride the best horse of my career so far in Kingman.
“Noble Mission was another great racehorse produced by Juddmonte that helped bring my career forward.
“I shall always be eternally grateful for that one-year contract which leaves me with great memories. Now I look forward to sharing riding duties with William at Godolphin and continuing to achieve great things in the world of horse racing.”
Both trainers were also very pleased to have tied up the young jockeys to their yards, with Appleby saying: “I honestly could not be happier because I will now be able to use two of the best jockeys in the world. William has global experience at the highest level and worked very closely with me this season. We have already had group one success with Charming Thought in the Middle Park and having James to call on as well is a massive bonus.”
Saeed bin Suroor added: “This is a great arrangement. I have already had success with both James and William. James has ridden Group horses for me this year and has proved himself on a world stage and I will also have access to William which is terrific.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
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