Ruler Of The World Dominates in Investec Derby
Ruler Of The World overhauled Battle of Marengo in the final furlong and pulled away to a 1 1/2-length victory in the 234th Investec Derby (Eng-I) at Epsom June 1.
The victory by the son of Galileo provided trainer Aidan O'Brien with his fourth winner in the classic. The Ballydoyle conditioner had previously won with Camelot (2012), High Chaparral (2002) and Galileo (2001). Ruler Of The World became the 33rd Group 1/Grade 1 winner 15th British/Irish classic winner for his sire, Galileo.
A field of 12 went to the post in the Derby, with undefeated Dawn Approach sent off the heavy favorite. O'Brien sent out five in the race, with Battle of Marengo considered to have the best chance of the group. Also thought to have a good chance was Ocovango, a French raider trained by Andre Fabre.
At the start it was Battle of Marengo that went to the front to set the pace under Joseph O'Brien. He was tracked closely by Ocean Applause and Flying the Flag. Dawn Approach raced in mid-pack but was very keen, throwing his head and fighting jockey Kevin Manning nearly every step of the way. Ryan Moore had Ruler Of The World settled nicely toward the rear of the field alongside Libertarian and Mars.
Battle of Marengo continued to set an easy pace on the front end through the first mile. Dawn Approach continued to race keenly and refused to settle. At that point Manning made the decision to let Dawn Approach loose, and the chestnut colt swept to the lead as the field rounded Tattenham Corner.
Almost as soon as Dawn Approach hit the front he began running out of gas, having spent too much energy fighting his rider through the early stages of the race. Battle of Marengo quickly regained the lead, as Dawn Approach began to fade along the inside rail.
At that point the race was wide open, with Battle of Marengo grimly holding on to the lead. Ruler Of The World was under a full head of steam on the far outside, and swept past Battle of Marengo with a furlong to go to win convincingly.
Libertarian closed from far back to steal second by a short head over Galileo Rock, who was a head in front of Battle of Marengo. Dawn Approach faded badly and was eased, crossing the wire in last.
Final time for the 12 furlongs was 2:39.06 over the good to soft going.
Ruler Of The World is now undefeated in three career starts. The chestnut colt, who was unraced as a 2-year-old, broke his maiden at the Curragh in April, then captured the Chester Vase (Eng-III) in his last start.
Ruler Of The World was bred in Ireland by Southern Bloodstock and is owned by Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith. He is out of the winning Kingmambo mare, Love Me True, and is a half brother to multiple champion Duke of Marmalade. His second dam is the blue hen mare Lassie Dear; his female family also produced A.P. Indy, Summer Squall, and Lemon Drop Kid.