Ruler of the World made a late charge to win the Epsom Derby, giving jockey Ryan Moore his second victory in Britain’s richest horse race.
Ruler of the World, at 7-1 odds, overtook Battle of Marengo in the home stretch, then held off a late challenge from Libertarian to win the 1 1/2-mile race for 3-year-olds by 1 1/2 lengths at Epsom Downs in Surrey, south of London.
“I’m very lucky to be in this position and riding good horses,” Moore, who won the Derby aboard Workforce in 2010, told Britain’s Channel 4. “It’s the most important race and it’s a very special day.
It’s trainer Aiden O’Brien’s fourth triumph in the 1.4 million-pound ($2.1 million) race.
Dawn Approach, the 5-4 favorite in the 12-horse field, was never a factor and finished 11th. It was the colt’s first loss in eight career races.
Galileo Rock, with 25-1 odds, was third ahead of Battle of Marengo, the 11-2 second favorite ridden by Aiden O’Brien’s son Joseph, who won last year’s race aboard Camelot.
Queen Elizabeth was in attendance at the Derby, which was first run in 1779 when Edward Smith Stanley, the 12th Earl of Derby, organized a competition for himself and his friends. It was extended to its current length five years later.
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