Buick, Doyle, Kirby In Ballydoyle Derby Reckoning


Aidan O’Brien has a top squad of British-based jockeys at the ready for his team of seven potential G1 Investec Derby runners, among them William Buick, James Doyle and Adam Kirby. Ryan Moore will have first choice of whatever the Ballydoyle master opts to leave in the race, but with coronavirus health restrictions continuing to make it complicated for riders to travel across Europe, as at Royal Ascot and with the Guineas O’Brien’s Irish-based riders are unlikely to travel.

“We don’t know what Ryan will ride. He’ll always make that decision late,” said O’Brien. “He’ll look at the draws, we’ll tell him what we think might happen, but it’s been different this year because Ryan isn’t [working at Ballydoyle]. He’ll make his decision late and then we’ll put everyone else on what we think will suit.”

O’Brien’s shortest-priced Derby entrant at this early stage is the G3 Hampton Court S. winner Russian Emperor (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) as the general 6-1 third choice, while Mogul (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) is nipping at his heels at 7-1.

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