William Buick and James Doyle set to clock up considerable air miles

William Buick and James Doyle are set to clock up some considerable air miles in the coming weeks and months after John Ferguson confirmed Godolphin’s two principal riders are likely to be in action during the prestigious Sydney Autumn Carnival.

William Buick and James Doyle set to clock up considerable air miles

The Dubai-based operation revealed in early November that two of British Flat racing’s major stars would be contracted to carry the famous royal blue silks in 2015 and both have already been among the winners at the Dubai Carnival at Meydan.

Ferguson, Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock advisor, has had positive conversations with Godolphin trainers in Australia as well as America and is keen to see both Buick and Doyle continue to advertise their talents on the world stage.

Ferguson said: “When we signed William and James we did so in the belief that they are both international and world-class riders.

“You only need to look at what William has done riding in Japan and what James is doing at Meydan right now to see that their considerable talents are not confined to British racecourses.

“We have a very strong team of horses in Australia, as well as in America, and when you have world-class jockeys it makes sense for them to ride for you in the world-class races.

“I know all the trainers we have in Australia and the United States have been impressed with William and James. John O’Shea, who trains for Godolphin in Australia, was at Meydan on Thursday to see James ride a treble.

“We shouldn’t forget we also have James McDonald riding for us in Australia, who is seriously talented.”

Both Buick and Doyle look set to divide their time between Dubai and Australia before and after Dubai World Cup night at the end of March.

“Timing-wise things fit quite well. The Golden Slipper meeting at Rosehill is the weekend before the Dubai World Cup and then some of the big meetings at Randwick immediately follow the World Cup,” said Ferguson.

“The key race days in Australia are in March, April and May, which is their Autumn Carnival, then it’s quiet during the summer down there before the Spring Carnival later in the year.”

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