Investec Derby 2017 – William Buick set to ride Mark Johnston’s Dante winner Permian at Epsom next week




Buick had been suspended for the meeting, but after getting his suspension reduced to four days, he is able to ride at Epsom and has picked up the ride on Mark Johnston’s colt

WILLIAM BUICK has landed the plum ride on Permian in next Saturday’s Investec Derby at Epsom.

Permian was last seen winning the Dante at York and is set to be supplemented for the Classic.


Buick was impressed with his Derby mount when galloping him at Mark Johnston’s yard 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.


Permian has progressed well this season

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

“All being well he’ll be supplemented on Monday and we’re just counting down the days now.”

Buick has had his appeal reduced to four days meaning he can ride at Epsom

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Buick has had his appeal reduced to four days meaning he can ride at Epsom

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

“He’s in good shape and I was very happy with him.

“He’s always been a very neat horse physically, very well-balanced.

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“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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