Buick confirms Western choice
William Buick has confirmed he will partner Western Hymn in Saturday's Investec Derby at Epsom.
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The jockey had the choice of the Sandown Classic Trial winner and fellow John Gosden-trained runner Romsdal, who was supplemented for the premier Classic on Monday following his narrow defeat by Orchestra in the Chester Vase.
However, Buick has opted to stick with Western Hymn, who has won each of his three starts to date and demonstrated his wellbeing when he worked at Epsom last week.
Buick told his At The Races blog: "There's no bigger Flat race in the world than the Derby, so when you are lucky enough to have a choice of rides in the race you don't want to get it wrong.
"For that reason I've weighed up every factor concerning Western Hymn and Romsdal and decided to go with the proven form of Western Hymn.
"This was a very hard decision to make because Romsdal is emerging as a very serious horse which is why he was supplemented on Monday.
"His run in the Chester Vase was excellent and he would have won that in another stride instead of going down by a nose - and he is on the upgrade. But I just couldn't desert Western Hymn.
"He excited me when he won his first race of the season at Newbury and he showed a lot of courage on bad ground at Sandown to win the Classic Trial.
"A lot has been made of his habit of looking about him, but it's just a characteristic and it's never stopped him going forward.
"He went to Epsom last Thursday and showed he can handle the undulations and after I gave him a nice spin over seven and a half furlongs on the Al Bahathri this morning, it made my mind up. I hope I've called it right."