Ruler Of The World wins Derby

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Ruler Of The World lived up to its name, winning the Epsom Derby for jockey Ryan Moore and trainer Aidan O'Brien. It was a disappointing race for many observers, run at a false pace that did not suit the firm favourite Dawn Approach. Forced to take the lead midway through the race, the 2,000 Guineas winner faded quickly and finished last. The distance may have been too far for the colt.

Five runners from O'Brien's Ballydoyle stable dominated the race and it was Ruler Of The World that emerged to win in convincing fashion, going clear in the final furlong. It was only the third race of the horse's career. Ruler Of The World was unraced before this spring.

O'Brien denied that it had been a tactical race designed to prevent Dawn Approach settling, but Moore appeared to confirm that there was some element of planning about how the jockeys rode the race. "Dawn Approach is an exceptional horse at five furlongs and a mile and he's stepping up to a mile-and-a-half," Moore said. "He's going to have to settle to switch off, so it made sense not to go tearing off early in spite of you thinking that it's a test of stamina. If you go fast, a horse like that can go past you." It was Moore's second Derby win. He rode Workforce to victory in 2010.

The tactics meant that the Derby was something of a frustrating spectacle for the thousands of race-goers who had flocked to Epsom. Ruler Of The World is too lightly-raced to know whether it was an exceptional Derby winner or merely a lucky one. One jockey, Jamie Spencer, who rode the unplaced Chopin, summed it up for many by saying, "You can't have an opinion on such a stupid race."

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