Buick's stellar year ends on sour note

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William Buick was given a six-week ban after pleading guilty to a charge of reckless riding in Sunday's Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin.

The rider partnered the Tony Cruz-trained Pakistan Star in the Group One event and was found to have caused interference to both Waldgeist and Red Verdon when going for a gap with a couple of furlongs to race.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club stewards took a dim view of his actions and suspended him from December 17 to January 28, which is equivalent to 12 Hong Kong racedays.

Buick was also fined HK$20,000 for the rule breach.