Buick rides Mofeed as seven go for Irish Derby
28 Jun 2012 | William Buick has been called up for the ride on John Oxx's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby contender Akeed Mofeed as seven runners were declared for Saturday evening's contest.
Akeed Mofeed, as big as 18-1 with Paddy Power for the Group 1 Classic, has not run since last year's Juddmonte Bereford Stakes after an injury held him back in the early part of the year.
Buick has been in scintillating form in Britain in the past fortnight just missing out on top jockey honours at Royal Ascot and closing the gap on jockeys' championship leader Ryan Moore to single figures.
Unbeaten Qipco 2,000 Guineas and Investec Derby winner Camelot heads three runners from the Aidan O'Brien stable alongside Astrology and Imperial Monarch. O'Brien has won the race for the past six years.
Trainer Dermot Weld has confirmed Gallinule Stakes winner Speaking Of Which for the race although he warned that the horse could be an absentee if rain continues to fall at the Curragh, where the going is described as soft, heavy in places after 20mm of rain on Wednesday night.
Weld said: "The ground has become very testing and if there is any more rain then Speaking Of Which would have to be considered a very doubtful runner.
"He's a top-of-the-ground horse and earned his place in the race when winning the Gallinule Stakes by nine lengths last month.
"That was over a mile and a quarter on fast ground. It is nobody's fault that conditions have changed overnight, but I want to let the public know the situation."
The line up is completed by Born To Sea, who was selected by Johnny Murtagh ahead of Akeed Mofeed, and the Jim Bolger-trained Light Heavy.
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