Horse Racing: Jack’s the right lad for the Curragh

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

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 said: “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. 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. 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.”

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