Ruler Of The World (second right): a 33rd Group 1 winner for GalileoPICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
Ruler provides Galileo with second Derby
RULER OF THE WORLD, who did not make his racecourse debut until the middle of April, stayed on in determined fashion to land the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday.
The race was run at a crawl with a number of the 12-strong field pulling for their heads, including hot favourite Dawn Approach, who failed to see out the trip, finishing last.
Patiently ridden at the rear of the pack by Ryan Moore, Ruler Of The World was unleashed at the three-furlong pole and displayed an electrifying turn of foot to put three lengths between himself and the field.
The horse idled in the final furlong but victory never looked in doubt and he went on to win by one and a half lengths, providing his sire Galileo with a second Epsom Derby winner after New Approach.
The fast-finishing outsider Libertarian ran on to be second with Galileo Rock back in third.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained Ruler Of The World becomes the 33rd Group 1 winner sired by Galileo, who was also responsible for the third Galileo Rock and fourth Battle Of Marengo. Second-placed Libertarian is from the first crop of exciting sire New Approach, a son of the all-conquering Galileo.
Coolmore's flagbearer has now sired 15 British or Irish Classic winners with the roll of honour headed by the exceptional and unbeaten 2,000 Guineas winner Frankel.
Galileo could secure a famous Derby double this weekend with Intello likely to go off favourite for the French equivalent at Chantilly on Sunday.
The Coolmore-owned Ruler Of The World is certainly bred to be a Classic winner - he is a half-brother to multiple Group 1 winner Duke Of Marmalade, who although at his best over 1m2f showed a liking for middle distances when staying on strongly to deny Papal Bull in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
His pedigree comprises a mixture of speed and stamina. Close relatives include the champion sprinter Wolfhound as well as Belmont Stakes heroes A.P. Indy and Lemon Drop Kid.
Considering his inexperience - this was only his third start - it is likely Ruler Of The still has plenty of improvement in him; Duke Of Marmalade was four when he won his first Group 1 and a tilt at the Irish Derby seems the logical next step.
It would not be a surprise to see him dropped back in trip as there is plenty of speed in his family, perhaps to 1m2f for the Irish Champion Stakes later in the season.