Buick set for Permian ride


William Buick is set to partner Permian in next Saturday's Investec Derby at Epsom.

Narrowly denied by leading Derby candidate Cracksman in last month's Epsom Trial, the Mark Johnston-trained colt has since impressed in a Listed event at Newmarket before landing the Dante Stakes at York.

He needs to be supplemented for his Classic bid, but is set to be added to the field after pleasing connections in a routine workout under Buick in Middleham on Saturday morning.

Johnston's son and assistant, Charlie, said: "He didn't need to do much having only run nine days ago, but we were really pleased with him this morning.

"William came up to have a sit on him and get a feel of him and he was very happy.

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"All being well he'll be supplemented on Monday and we're just counting down the days now."

Buick is free to ride at the Derby meeting after having the five-day suspension he received at York last week reduced to four days on appeal.

For bans up to four days, jockeys can apply to postpone the days of a ban when it clashes with Group One races, whereas for bans of five days or more they do not have that option.

"I'm very pleased to be riding him (Permian) in the Derby," Buick told www.godolphin.com.

"He's in good shape and I was very happy with him.

"He's always been a very neat horse physically, very well-balanced. He's improved from two to three, and I feel he has improved again from the spring to now.

"Mentally, he is solid. He has a good mind.

"In any year, the Dante winner is never far away in the Derby, and I hope that proves true again this time."

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