Godolphin - William Buick

William Buick

William Buick became a Godolphin retained jockey in January 2015 and rides as first jockey for trainer Charlie Appleby.

Born in Norway, he grew up in an equestrian family – his father was a trainer. William’s first professional race came in August, 2006 and he celebrated his first victory the following month at Salisbury. In 2008 he was joint Champion Apprentice in Great Britain with 50 winners. He has ridden all over the world, from Dubai to Japan and America, and had his first Group One success for Godolphin on Sajjhaa, who took the Jebel Hatta at Meydan in 2013.

William partnered Charming Thought to a thrilling nose victory in the G1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket in October 2014 providing Charlie Appleby with a first Group One victory in Britain.

William landed the Dubai World Cup in March 2015 steering the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Prince Bishop to victory at Meydan. Group One success continued in 2015 when he guided Jack Hobbs to victory in the Irish Derby for Godolphin and trainer John Gosden.

2016 saw further Group one success, he was aboard Hawkbill who landed the Group One Coral Eclipse at Sandown in July 2016 and Ribchester who won the G1 Jacques le Marois at Deauville the following month.

William has been having a hugely successful 2018, and a lifelong dream of winning the Group One Derby at Epsom became reality when he steered the Charlie Appleby-trained Masar to a dominating victory in the highly coveted British Classic.

He followed that up seventeen days later with a thrilling win aboard Blue Point in the Group One King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, providing Godolphin with their first win in the race.

William Buick
William Buick and Buratino following their G2 Coventry Stakes win at Royal Ascot

Life as an elite jockey


1st - G1 Jebel Hatta Sponsored By Emirates Airline - Meydan, UAE - 9 March 2013


1st - G1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 Sponsored By Emirates Airline - Meydan, UAE - 8 March 2014


1st - G1 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby - Curragh, Ireland - 27 June 2015