Buick facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines

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Newmarket jockey William Buick is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines unless an appeal against a ban handed to him in France is successful.

Buick has contested the 15-day suspension which was doubled by the French stewards on Sunday.

The ban is due to begin on July 3 — the day after the Coral-Eclipse — and will rule the rider out for the rest of the month. It would also see Buick miss a host of high-profile meetings.

These will include the July meeting at Newmarket, Irish Oaks and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

Godolphin’s retained rider was found at fault for the fall of Armande in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly on Sunday.

The 27-year-old is believed to have accused the stewarding panel of being corrupt, an outburst he later apologised for, but his punishment was doubled for offensive behaviour.

Buick was on board the Yohann Gourraud-trained Highlands Queen in the Group 1.

He was adjudged to have caused interference that affected a number of runners on his outside and resulted in the fall of Pierre-Charles Boudot’s mount.

He was subsequently disqualified from his ninth-placed finish and put last.

Buick has ridden 37 winners from 191 this season.

Norweigan-born Buick shared the champion apprentice jockey title in 2008 with David Probert and won the Lester Award for Apprentice Jockey of the Year in 2007 and 2008.

He rode Prince Bishop, a 12/1 shot, to victory in the Dubai World Cup in March of last year before winning the Cheveley Park Stakes on Lumiere and the Irish Derby on John Gosden’s Jack Hobbs.