Ryan Moore rules my world and wins the 2013 Investec Derby

Ryan Moore rules my world and wins the 2013 Investec Derby
Ryan Moore on Ruler of the World. Photo: Paul Ostermeyer

Ryan Moore on Ruler of the World. Photo: Paul Ostermeyer

Ruler of the World won the Derby at Epsom on Saturday and won the race in fine style.

I was not surprised. I offered the Aiden O’Brien trained colt as my each way selection to members of VG TIPS. That was on the Wednesday before the race at odds of 10-1. Even on the morning of the race you could get 9-1. The more I looked at the race the more I was convinced that Ruler of the World was a good thing at that sort of price.

One of the few to have proved that he could win over the trip of 1 mile and 4 furlongs, I had alerted members to Ruler of the World after I watched his impressive win at Chester in May. I told subscribers to keep an eye out for his next run. Little did I know back on May 9th that the next run would be in the Derby.

dawn approach failed to deliver and finished last in the derby

Dawn Approach straining at the leash before the off. Photo: Paul Ostermeyer

Like many, I had hoped that Dawn Approach would prove the doubters wrong and stay the distance.

The doubters were right and those who took advantage of the odds against price on the favourite knew within a minute of the race that they had done their dough. The bookies saw Dawn Approach pulling the arms of jockey Kevin Manning from their sockets, looked across at each other in the betting ring, and winked.

Trainer Jim Bolger said he would not send Dawn Approach out in a race over that far again. The horse simply wanted to race as fast as possible. Had Kevin Manning given Dawn Approach his head, he would have finished precisely where he did finish. Stone cold last.

 

But punters who called that one wrong should not beat themselves up about it.

After all, in the hours running up to the race some notable experts on racing predicted that Dawn Approach would have no problem staying that far. They included rival trainer Richard Hannon junior, who knows a thing or two about thoroughbred racehorses.

The simple fact is that nobody could know how Dawn Approach would react to racing over that distance. Not even his trainer, the ever classy Jim Bolger. Now we all know.

 

As I am often telling members of my selections service, where possible, I like to deal in knowns and not unknowns.

And one thing I have known for many years is that Ryan Moore will always ride to win. As recent events in the sport have proved, that cannot be said for every jockey.

My generation still talk about the great days of Lester Piggott, Joe Mercer, Eddie Hide, Greville Starkey, Willie Carson etc. But the current generation of race watchers, myself included, really need to appreciate the talented jockeys in our midst today.

We all have our favourites. Mine are probably Ryan Moore, Richard Hughes and Jim Crowley.

 

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I do not need to bring out the calculator to know that Ryan Moore has won me more money than any other jockey of the modern age.

He rarely has a bad day at the office. His rides on Duke of Firenze and Ruler of the World last Saturday should be watched more than once. Text book rides by a jockey who will go down in racing history as one of the very best.

ruler of the world wins the 2013 investec derby

Ruler of the World wins the Derby. Photo by Epsom Racecourse

Many VG TIPS members, along with fellow punters who have followed me over the years, have often joined me in backing Ryan Moore rides.

Some punters like to bet only on horses to win at relatively short prices, and for those people I suggested odds against on Dawn Approach looked a decent price. And for those members of my selection service who only want to back each way, well I told them to join me in getting on Ruler of the World.

My approach to the Derby was as follows. I had a basic, small stake on Dawn Approach to win at odds that would ensure I would at least get my stake back on Ruler of the World should the favourite win.

Having bet on Ruler of the World at 10-1 on the Wednesday, I doubled my stake on Saturday morning.

I placed my trust in Ryan Moore and he repaid me once again.

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