KING WILLIAM; RACING: REWILDING DEATH MARS SHOWPIECE.
WILLIAM BUICK scored the biggest win of his career as Nathaniel won a dramatic renewal of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
But the race was marred by the death in front of the stands of Frankie Dettori's mount Rewilding.
Buick kicked off a slow pace on the John Gosden-trained entering the home straight to go past front-running Debussy.
Hot favourite Workforce tracked Nathaniel through and briefly looked a big danger. But whereas the winner kicked again and kept a fairly straight course, last year's Derby and Arc hero threw his chance away by hanging badly left. Rewilding, held up in rear behind Workforce for much of the race, was just creeping into contention when disaster struck at the twofurlong pole.
The four-year-old stumbled badly, sending Dettori crashing to the ground. The Italian was taken back to the weighing room in the racecourse ambulance but was unhurt.
In front of a packed grandstand the stricken colt, who quickly got to his feet, was tended to by vets and put down after it emerged he had broken a leg.
Gosden, instead of celebrating his victory, was one of the first on the scene of the tragedy. He explained: "It's important for people watching to know this was a freak accident - I've seen it happen when horses are galloping loose in a paddock and it's just one of those unfortunate things.
"We got to Rewilding quickly and he was standing there having a pick of grass. When a horse suffers a clean break of a cannon bone like that, it doesn't feel any pain. It's as though nature anaesthetizes it. Although he had to be put down, he didn't suffer."
When the trainer did eventually make it to the winner's enclosure, he was full of praise for Buick, 23, who has proved an instant hit since taking over from Jimmy Fortune as Gosden's stable jockey at the start of last year.
"It was a difficult race to assess, especially when they went no pace early and nobody wanted to go on," he said.
"But William showed great tactical judgment and made his move at the right time. I didn't tie him down with orders, just told him to go out there and ride the race as it developed.
"This horse has made great progress considering he only won his maiden in April. We sidestepped the Derby because I didn't want him running downhill on fast ground and he showed his liking for this track when winning the King Edward VII at the royal meeting.
"To beat a top horse like Workforce is great. Hopefully we will meet him again in the Arc.
"Because Nathaniel has been a late developer, he didn't have an entry for the King George and Arc, but the owners won't mind supplementing him again."
CHAMP: William Buick returns in triumph TRIUMPH AND DISASTER Dettori is thrown from stricken Rewilding and (right) the jockey is helped off the course