Not many would have picked the son of New Approach to win the Derby when he could only manage 10th in a listed race at Meydan back in March but credit for his remarkable rise in 2018 has to go to trainer Charlie Appleby.
Godolphin's Masar (Ire) (New Approach ), victor of the G1 Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday, will likely target the G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh on June 30. A Craven Stakes win at Newmarket gave notice of his talent and that was followed up with a 3rd place in the 2000 Guineas which came on his final start before Epsom.
Although Sheikh Mohammed has tasted glory in many major races across the globe, including with Lammtarra under the fledgling Godolphin banner in the 1995 Derby, this success was up there with very best in his eyes.
A landmark first triumph in the blue riband race for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation, the largely overlooked Masar proved himself to be a worthy champion after being given a dream ride by the naturally gifted Buick, a Northern Racing College graduate.
"The team I have behind me and more important His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, supporting me all the way, who said to me "don't worry Charlie about that, just keep going and it will come".
Having waited before pushing the button on Masar, Buick hit the front two furlongs out and galloped home to beat Dee Ex Bee by a length and a half.
In a statement following the historic victory, HH Shaikh Nasser said that the UAE's equestrian sport is making steadfast strides towards more progress and glory thanks to the constant support of HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid, whom he described as being among the most prominent knights across the GCC and the world and the most successful at various sport gatherings. I had a really nice horse to ride, he was very relaxed and came alive for me.
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For Buick, who has finished second in the race on two previous occasions, it was also mission accomplished.
Roaring Lion was third at Epsom, with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II watching the race. "I'm definitely not retiring and you definitely have another five years of putting up with me".
Pascal Bary's colt was among the leading contenders following an impressive display in the Prix Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud last month and was always travelling strongly in midfield.
Several horses attempted to peg him back as the post loomed, but Study Of Man, a son of Deep Impact, clung on for victory.
"When I saw him today I was very calm, because he was very calm".
Betfair cut the victor to 20-1 from 33-1 for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp in October.