Performing elaborate celebrations may not be the style of William Buick but the smile on his face said it all after Pinatubo maintained his unbeaten record in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.
Having missed more than two months of the season after sustaining a trauma injury to his head following a fall at Ascot in May, the 31-year-old continued to enjoy the sort of success he has become accustomed to after steering Charlie Appleby’s latest star to his second Group One triumph.
There may have been no electric acceleration which saw the son of Shamardal put nine lengths between himself and his rivals in last month’s National Stakes at the Curragh on this occasion, but it was a performance that Buick was in no doubt was his best yet.
Buick said: “It was a war of attrition in that ground. It was a very different test to what he is used to.
“Today he had to be brilliant in a different way and only a very good horse can adapt to that sort of stuff. That was his best performance to date as he had to show different qualities.
“I missed him at Goodwood by four days or something on my return but he is a great horse and it is horses like that who definitely spur you on (to get fit).
“He has shown today that he is the complete racehorse as he has dealt with everything very well as there were quite a few unknowns.”
With conditions softer than ideal there was no room for error on Buick’s behalf if Godolphin’s latest star was to keep his unblemished record in tact going into the winter – something which he was well aware of ahead of executing his tactics to perfection.
He said: “The ground was very soft and it was a completely new test to the horse.
“It was a typically competitive Dewhurst and today he had to adapt to conditions. The race was run at good pace so it was a stamina test but he overcame everything that was thrown at him.
“He has got that great turn of foot and I wanted to make sure I was on the premises on this ground before we committed but he took me through the race lovely.
“He is a joy to ride and jockey’s dream.”
Having hailed Pinatubo as the best two-year-old he has ever sat on, the Derby winning rider hopes that the best is yet to come when he steps up to a mile when chasing Classic glory in next year’s Qipco 2000 Guineas.
Buick added: “He should hopefully be coming back for the Guineas and a mile should be no problem at all.
“It is great to win this race but there is plenty of the year left. He is a lovely horse and the best two-year-old I’ve sat on so it is great for everything to go well today considering the ground and stuff and for him to kept his unbeaten record.”