Buick withdrawals Hong Kong appeal

William Buick
Jockey William Buick elected to not contest a Hong Kong penalty.

UK jockey William Buick has withdrawn his appeal over six week riding ban following an incident at the Hong Kong International Races.

The jockey pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless riding after piloting the Tony Cruz-trained Pakistan Star to a sixth-placed finish Group 1 Hong Kong Vase.

Buick was found to have caused interference to both Waldgeist and Red Verdon when going for a gap around the 600m mark, with the Hong Kong Jockey Club stewards suspending him from December 17 to January 28, which is equivalent to 12 Hong Kong racedays.

WATCH BELOW: Buick finishes sixth aboard Pakistan Star in the 2018 Hong Kong Vase

After initially lodging an appeal, Buick decided against proceeding.

A statement released by the Hong Kong Jockey Club read: “The Stewards have approved the application of Jockey W Buick to withdraw his appeal against the penalty of suspension from riding in races from 17 December 2018 to 27 January 2019 and a fine of $20,000 imposed by the Racing Stewards on 9 December 2018 for breaching Rule of Racing 100 (1).

“Buick was advised that the appeal deposit lodged by him would be returned.”