Buick opts for Thought
Stable jockey reaches difficult decision
Last Updated: September 13, 2012 10:16am
Thought Worthy: The chosen one
William Buick has elected to ride Thought Worthy in Saturday's Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster.
The rider had the option of partnering the Great Voltigeur winner or Michelangelo for retained trainer John Gosden but he has opted for the runner he believes has the stronger form.
He said: "I left it late because I wanted to get a feel of just how both horses were at home, but it didn't make things any easier as John Gosden has them both primed to run for their lives.
"Michelangelo breezed on Tuesday and I gave Thought Worthy the same sort of spin on Wednesday and I couldn't split how well they were.
"In the end it was the overall level of form that Thought Worthy has shown which swung my decision his way," he told his At The Races blog.
Buick and Gosden are bidding for their third successive victory in the Doncaster Classic after claiming the last two renewals with Arctic Cosmos and Masked Marvel.
A full-brother to 2007 St Leger winner Lucarno, Thought Worthy finished an 11-length fourth behind Camelot in the Derby earlier in the year before his front-running victory at York.
Buick said: "Although many thought we stole the Great Voltigeur it was really down to his adaptability and courage. I think he's better judged on that performance than the Derby.
Bustle Him Up
"I know Camelot is going to be very hard to get by but both the Clarehaven runners have the ability to bustle him up and I want to be on the one that pushes him hardest and I think that's going to be Thought Worthy.
"He was only just beaten in a bog in the Sandown Classic Trial then came back very gamely to beat Noble Mission at Newmarket after that."
While Buick has opted for Thought Worthy, he also expects Michelangelo to put up a bold show as he sports blinkers for the first time.
He said: "Michelangelo has untapped potential though, and is taking the same route as my first Leger winner, Arctic Cosmos, who was third in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood.
"Like him, the boss is going to try blinkers for the first time on Saturday and it will definitely help him.
"It's gone down to the wire, I've made what I think is the form call and the right one to give Camelot a fight. I hope I'm right but if not then good luck Michelangelo."