TOP jockey William Buick has been handed a four-week ban by the Chantilly stewards after an incident in the Prix de Diane – the French Oaks.
The Northern Racing College graduate, on Highlands Queen, was adjudged to have caused the fall of Pierre-Charles Boudet’s mount Armande.
He was subsequently disqualified from his ninth-placed finish and put last.
During the inquiry the stewards banned Buick the automatic 15 days for causing the fall, however, Godolphin’s jockey was handed an extra 15 days for being offensive to the officials.
Buick has stated his intention to appeal the original 15-day suspension.
The ban is due to begin on July 3. If he is unsuccessful in his appeal he will miss meetings such as the Irish Oaks and King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
Luca Cumani claimed his second successive victory in the totepool Pontefract Castle Stakes as exciting filly Loving Things made a successful debut for the yard.
The daughter of Pivotal looked another smart product of Philippa Cooper’s Normandie Stud when making a winning introduction at Salisbury in May of last year, but she was narrowly beaten at Haydock next time and disappointed on her final start of the campaign at Newmarket.
Having since left John Gosden and moved across Newmarket, Loving Things soon made up for lost time judged on this authoritative success in the hands of Martin Lane, 12 months on from the success of Connecticut.
The victory completed a double for Cumani, with Banksea having earlier landed the totepool Chip & Pin Betting Handicap.
Fancy Day looks another smart juvenile for Middleham’s Mark Johnston after making every post a winning one in the Fillies’ Stakes.
Max Dynamite is likely to take a step down in distance in a bid to retain his Lonsdale Cup crown at York in August.
Although looking to come with a good run in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old was left short of room at a crucial stage after being snatched up on the inside rounding the home turn of the Group One prize.