WILLIAM BUICK has been called up to ride George Scott’s talented sprinter Gilgamesh in the Bunbury Cup on Saturday.

The Derby-winning rider was due to ride the four-year-old at Royal Ascot but was called up late by Godolphin.

 Gilgamesh white cap, (towards left) ran a decent race in the Wokingham

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Gilgamesh white cap, (towards left) ran a decent race in the Wokingham

Gilgamesh may have finished seventh in the Wokingham at the Royal meeting but he was only beaten just under three lengths, and now trainer George Scott is keen to return his gelding to seven furlongs.

The son of Foxwedge looked need of the extra distance that day, and with the services of William Buick now secured, the Newmarket handler is hoping for an improved performance.

He said: “Gilgamesh has come out of his Royal Ascot run really well and, although he is the kind of horse that doesn’t need much work, I have been pleased with him at home since then.

“I thought that he ran a really solid race in the Wokingham. I have always felt he was a seven-furlong specialist, we only really ran him over six because it was Royal Ascot and he didn’t get the clearest of runs, so I think that you can upgrade that effort.

“He was very unlucky in the Victoria Cup earlier in the season. Four-year-olds have a good record in the Bunbury Cup and I feel he is the kind of horse that has plenty more progression in him, so there is a lot in his favour.

“William Buick is going to ride – he rode him in his last piece of work before Ascot, when he was only claimed by Godolphin at the last minute.

“He’s a fantastic rider who is on the crest of a wave at the moment. That said, Eddie has done nothing wrong on him and I’m sure he will get plenty more chances in the future.”

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