Ruler of the World Wins Epsom Derby 2013

Ruler of the World has won the Epsom Derby in style under jockey Ryan Moore. The colt from Ireland’s Ballydoyle stables beat short-priced favourite Dawn Approach ridden by Kevin Manning, who never settled before running out of stamina.

The horse was produced from just off the pace turning into the home straight before powering clear to lead by two to three lengths inside the final furlong. While the field, headed by strong finishers Libertarian and Galileo Rock, did come back to the Chester Vase winner, they were never going to catch this well-bred colt.

Dawn Approach, who won this year’s 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket by some distance, never looked comfortable, and fought with his jockey, Kevin Manning, for several furlongs, before the rider was forced to relent a little and send his charge to the front of the pack far earlier than would have been planned by connections. With 2 furlongs to go, the challengers all passed the Godolphin son of New Approach, who eventually finished a tame last.

The race was made a true test of stamina by the O’Brien pacemakers, before it was taken on by Dawn Approach, who was arguable running away with Manning. This played into the hands of the second and third, Libertarian and Galileo Rock, who stayed on well past their illustrious rivals. Libertarian was carrying the hopes of Yorkshire – fresh from winning this year’s Aintree Grand National – for Mrs K Burke of Middleham, and looked every bit a true 12 furlong horse in coming second, just 1.5 lengths shy of the winner, and only the narrowest of margins ahead of the Irish trained Galileo Rock.

Galileo’s standing as a European sire of note will have certainly been bolstered by this race, however, as the winner and the third are both by the 2001 derby winner, while Libertarian is by New Approach (Galileo). Fourth home Battle of Marengo is also by Galileo. In fact, one has to go back to the French trained Ocovango to find a non-Galileo horse.

Ocovango put in an excellent performance for connections, under a good ride from Pierre-Charles Boudot, finishing only a couple of lengths from the winner, in what looks to have been a reasonably good Derby, on reflection.

The race was clocked at 2m 39.06s, which is 4.26 seconds slower than standard, but it was run at a true gallop throughout, making it a true test on Good to Soft ground.

Moore did well to settle Ruler of the World, and kept the horse steady in the middle of the pack. Once released, on the outside heading into the home straight, the 3 year old accelerated all the way to the furlong pole, before maintaining to the line, with only the strong finishers making any inroads on a two length lead.

Ruler of the World is trained by A P O’Brien and owned by Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith.

2013 Investec Epsom Derby – Full Result

No. Horse Name & SP Trainer Jockey Dist
1 Ruler Of The World (IRE) 7/1 A P O’Brien Ryan Moore
2 Libertarian 14/1 Mrs K Burke William Buick 1.5
3 Galileo Rock (IRE) 25/1 David Wachman Wayne Lordan shd
4 Battle Of Marengo (IRE) 11/2 A P O’Brien Joseph O’Brien shd
5 Ocovango 8/1 A Fabre Pierre-Charles Boudot 0.5
6 Mars (IRE) 12/1 A P O’Brien Richard Hughes 1.5
7 Chopin (GER) 12/1 A Wohler Jamie Spencer nse
8 Flying The Flag (IRE) 66/1 A P O’Brien C O’Donoghue 2.25
9 Mirsaale 50/1 James Tate Neil Callan 1.25
10 Festive Cheer (FR) 25/1 A P O’Brien Seamie Heffernan 4.5
11 Ocean Applause 200/1 John Ryan Daragh O’Donohoe 21
12 Dawn Approach (IRE) 5/4F J S Bolger Kevin Manning 0.5


It will be interesting to see what connections choose to do with the lightly raced winner, Ruler of the World, who was making only his third start in the 2013 Derby.

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