06/01/2013 2:37PM

Epsom Derby: Ruler of the World wins for Coolmore, O'Brien


Aidan O’Brien won his fourth Epsom Derby, and the Coolmore group its third straight, as lightly raced Ruler of the World rallied from the rear of a 12-horse field under Ryan Moore to capture the Derby by 1 1/2 lengths.

The undefeated favorite, champion Dawn Approach, turned in an abysmal performance, pulling vigorously at jockey Kevin Manning soon after the gates opened, eventually dragging his rider up to the lead and fading badly in the Derby’s final half-mile, finishing last.

Now it is Ruler of the World, and not Dawn Approach, who is an undefeated classic winner, though his three-start career only began this spring, and the Derby was his first chance in a Group 1. Ruler of the World, by Coolmore’s stallion Galileo and out of the Kingmambo mare Love Me True, won his debut over 10 furlongs at The Curragh on April 7, and on May 9 took the Group 3 Chester Vase around Chester’s tight left-handed course by four lengths. Ruler of the World looked impressive in victory, but beat only three apparently overmatched foes.

“I thought he had a good chance today, but it was only his second start at Chester last time, over a mile and a half on soft ground, so you are never quite sure what you have,” said Moore, who won his second Derby.

Ruler of the World, one of five O’Brien-trained runners, settled near the back of the pack as Battle of Marengo, the shortest-priced of the O’Brien quintet, set a dawdling tempo under Joseph O’Brien while stalked by several longshots. Meanwhile, Dawn Approach was tossing his head back and forth, dissatisfied with being reined in behind such a slow pace, his rider finally ending the fight with his mount by letting him run to the lead about six furlongs from the finish. Dawn Approach and Battle of Marengo stayed on even terms passing around Tattenham Corner and into the 3 1/2-furlong homestretch, but Dawn Approach quickly gave way as Battle of Marengo was taken on by Galileo Rock.

Meanwhile, Moore kept Ruler of the World out of trouble on the outside, creeping into contention around the final bend. Ruler of the World, coming hard, made the lead earlier than his rider desired and did not sustain the peak of his run all the way to the finish, but still had plenty left to hold clear late-running Libertarian, whose chances were hurt by the slow pace. Libertarian won a three-horse photo for second, edging Galileo Rock, who was a nose better than Battle of Marengo. Fifth-place Ocovango may have taken the worst of a roughly run race. Final time on turf rated good-to-soft was 2:39.06.

O’Brien said afterward that plans for Ruler of the World are fluid. But for one day, in the racing world at least, his audacious name rang true.

Coronation Cup: St Nicholas Abbey gets three-peat

Earlier on the card, the O’Brien-trained St Nicholas Abbey became the first three-time winner of the Group 1 Coronation Cup when he beat Dunaden by 3 3/4 lengths.

Dunaden and Jamie Spencer shadowed every move St Nicholas Abbey and Joseph O’Brien made but simply could not kick home with a superior horse. Six-year-old St Nicholas Abbey won the Group 1 Sheema Classic in Dubai to start his 2013 campaign and appears to be going as strong as ever after 21 races in a career that began in August 2009.

chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Twas Himself smilin oer that win.
maria More than 1 year ago
Same thing would have happen to Frankel if he tried the Epsom Derby....have to respect his connections for knowing the horse was about 8 to 10 furlongs.....imo the greatest ever via downgrading a 12 furlong horse was pure comedy........congrats to AOB....
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
this horse exploded late down the outside and won for fun....if there's a lesson here its this...breeding matters the favorite DAWN APROACH as brilliant as he was at shorter distances was never going to get 1 1/2 at epsom on soft turf...not being out of a mare by PHONE TRICK the good news for his connections is that he will have the option of coming for the breeders cup turf mile or even the dirt mile...PHONE TRICK was a very good dirt sprinter as was his sire CLEVER TRICK and his grand sire ICECAPADE set a 6f track record.....the winner is by GALILEO out of a kingmambo mare much more suited to the distance.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Interesting thought, him meeting with Wise Dan and perhaps Rydilluc too.
Caballo Castillo More than 1 year ago
So I'm guessing O'Brien is the European version of Todd Pletcher? Out of five runners one had to win right?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
You give Pletcher WAY too much credit.
Anil More than 1 year ago
Where is the video ?
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
yeah, if we cant see it don't bother telling us about it
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
you tube.
Grazyna Mianska More than 1 year ago
Great tactics by the Coolmore team in the race to slow the tempo down. Hats off to the "Boys From Ireland" for a Great Win.