William Buick expects Curragh will suit Jack Hobbs

William Buick is expecting the Curragh to suit Jack Hobbs when he runs in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on June 27.

William Buick expects Curragh will suit Jack Hobbs

The jockey had to settle for second in the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday, having partnered winner Golden Horn in the Dante at York.

With Godolphin now having a majority share in Jack Hobbs, Buick was on the York runner-up at the weekend, and was extremely proud of his effort in defeat to his John Gosden-trained stablemate, ridden by Frankie Dettori.

Buick said: “I did think that I had won, but it wasn’t for very long. They are two very good horses and on the day the winner was spectacular. If you look at Jack Hobbs, he will improve and that’s what it is all about in my opinion.

“I knew he (Golden Horn) was behind us when I hit the front because I was the key horse for him. The only way I was going to beat him was to get the first run on him, which we did, but we were just beaten by a better horse in what I thought was a very clean and good Derby.

“I don’t like finishing second in a race like that, but I am pleased for both John and Frankie.

“I thought the race was smooth and the best two horses were at the forefront. We had it to do and the Dante form suggested that, but it was a proper race run at a good pace.

“I always thought I had ridden the Derby winner when I won the Dante. There was a doubt about his stamina, but I thought he would stay. That was the only horse that could do that to us, I didn’t even have to look out of the corner of my eye.

“The Irish Derby would be the next step. I know he was hanging down the camber yesterday, but I think that he is a well-balanced horse. You see it all the time, horses hanging on the camber, so I don’t think it is any disadvantage as he quickened on the track.

“The Curragh is a much kinder track and more galloping and much flatter. If the horse is in good form then it is the obvious next step.”

Endless Drama will miss Royal Ascot as Ger Lyons gives his charge plenty of time to recover from his exertions in the Irish 2,000 Guineas before putting him back on the racecourse.

The Lope De Vega colt was found not to be quite right after finishing second to Gleneagles in last month’s Classic at the Curragh.

As a result, Lyons has put any plans on hold and is already excited about what he might achieve next year.

“He had a very hard race in the Irish Guineas. He was very tired after the race, and then we found he was a bit stiff and a bit tight behind,” said the County Meath handler.

“That puts Royal Ascot out. He’ll have his mid-season break now and maybe it could be a blessing in disguise.

“He’s really one to look forward to as a four-year-old.”

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