Buick a winner on first ride at Carnival as Godolphin strike

It's a long way to come for just a handful of rides, especially if you haven't got a mount in the Melbourne Cup.

But Godolphin's British number one rider, William Buick, at least made sure he would pick up the plaudits after piloting the James Cummings trained Pohutukawa to victory in the Jim Beam Black Stakes, the race before the Melbourne Cup.

The Sydney-trained filly came late on the improving ground to beat two other NSW trained fillies, Madam Rouge and Into The Abyss.

Buick will stay in Melbourne to ride Blair House in the group 1 Mackinnon Stakes on Saturday, the Charlie Appleby trained galloper having shown he was up to that level in Australia with a gallant second to his Godolphin stablemate Benbatl in the Caulfield Stakes last month.

But he was delighted to boot home a winner on Cup Day.

“It’s fantastic. To ride for Godolphin and, of course, James. It was very nice of him to put me on. She’s a live filly and she won very well, I was quite impressed with her.”

“It’s dried well. It’s just getting through it. It was probably just soft, no worse. The track is in good condition, they’ve done a very good job."

Winning trainer James Cummings added: “She’s a beautiful Medaglia d’Oro filly. She’s progressed nicely for us. It was a barnstorming win at Warwick Farm against the older mares, and I really like that coming up against the three-year-old fillies at stakes level today.

''I thought she could run a good race. William just had to go patient from her barrier and not risk being wide. She was just chiming in with big strides like a very nice filly. She’s got a really nice future.

“William got off the plane yesterday and had to settle in pretty quickly. He’s got the nature of a really good jockey and a great temperament. He’s pretty calm, he’s never sat on her in his life and he jumps on her, she’s 10-1 in the market so he has to improve a lot to win a race like this. She sailed home for him.

“Credit to Brenton Avdulla who rode her nicely for us fresh-up, and William was able to do the job so he can go back home and let them know that our horse has done pretty well here for us.”

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