Will Buick is head-butted by an adjacent horse but the starter let’s them go!
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The first race of Cazoo Derby day 2022 proved unexpectedly dramatic when the starter let the horses go while not realising William Buick was not fully aboard his mount having been hit in the face by a horse in the adjacent stall.
Buick was waiting for the start of the Cazoo Handicap aboard the well-fancied Blue Trail when the horse drawn next to him, Approachability, swung round and gave him a hefty blow to the head.
The incident was captured by an overhead camera. Seconds later, the race began but Buick, a bit like a boxer having taken a heavy punch, was still recovering, perched on the infrastructure. Blue Trail ran off on his own but was later deemed to be a non-runner for betting purposes. Buick was checked by medics after the race and passed fit to continue riding.