Two of Britain’s top jockeys have been snapped up by leading owner Sheikh Mohammed to ride for his Godolphin operation.
In an announcement made at the weekend, it was revealed William Buick will leave his post as stable jockey to John Gosden to ride as first jockey to Charlie Appleby, while James Doyle will relinquish his role as the retained rider to owner Khalid Abdullah to take up the role of stable jockey to Saeed bin Suroor.
Both riders will interlink with each Newmarket yard when commitments allow, while their first contractual role for Godolphin will be to ride for their respective yards throughout the 2015 Dubai Carnival.
“I am delighted to have secured the services of William Buick as we have already had a Group One success together with Charming Thought in the Middle Park Stakes,” said Appleby. “William has been great to work with through the season and he has been a great help to the yard.
“He has obviously been well mentored by Mr Gosden and he brings a wealth of experience to the table for Moulton Paddocks.”
With Appleby recently going on record saying he wants to see Godolphin return to the feared outfit they once were, he believes the appointments are very much a move by Sheikh Mohammed in making that vision become possible.
“We are in a rebuilding process and we now have the solid foundations there,” said Appleby. “Hopefully next year we will progress again. I think the boss has shown in his stallions and with what he has purchased at the sales that he wants to get back to the top of the tree.
“It is a great vision employing these two jockeys as it puts the structure in place in fulfilling everything we want to achieve on the racetrack.”
Although the bulk of races for Godolphin will now be ridden by either Buick or Doyle, Appleby has made it clear those who have competed for the operation this year will still be given ample opportunities.
“The likes of Adam Kirby and Martin Lane are still very much part of the team,” said Appleby. “Between myself and Saeed we have got plenty of horses so there will be no shortage of rides for them.
“It is great that we have William and James at our disposal as they are two jockeys riding at the top of their game, but you could not ask for better back up with the likes of Adam Kirby and Martin Lane.”