By Simon Clifford.
From the ferris wheels to the roar of the bookies, you could be forgiven for thinking you were at Listowel Races in September, but it’s not Listowel, its Derby Day at Epsom Downs.
The big race of the day was, of course, the Investec Derby and with Jim Bolger’s Dawn Approach heading the market, were we going to have another Irish Winner? The answer was an empathetic, no. The big question going into the weekend had been whether the horse would stay, but not only did he not go the distance, but his chance was all but gone as he left the stalls.
Jockey Kevin Manning tried to settle him from the off, but as soon as he left the stalls he was pulling for his head. Anyone who had backed him knew their fate. There was no chance of him staying the distance and he faded tamely to finish a distant last.
Instead Aidan O’Brien’s Ruler of the World, who had won at the Chester meeting in May, took the prize with Ryan Moore in the saddle. Aidan’s son Joseph had had first choice, but he opted for Battle of Marengo.
“It is just incredible, we are so lucky to be in a position that we are in, to get such horses. They are incredibly bred horses and the dream is for this to happen,” said Aidan O’Brien afterwards.
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