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RULER OF THE WORLD: Chester Vase hero secured Derby glory in 2013

Aidan O’Brien’s Ruler Of The World was the last winner of the Vase to secure Derby victory later in the season

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Ryan Moore on Ruler Of The World wins the Investec Derby on the Investec Derby Day at Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey.

The May Festival gets underway later this afternoon for its first renewal since 2019 after last season’s cancellation owing to the coronavirus pandemic, so Ruler Of The World’s long-standing record remains intact, until later today at least.

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Alongside the Blue Riband and Dante, the Chester contest is often a valuable trial for three-year-old colts with hopes of landing success in the greatest flat race of them all, the Cazoo Derby.

Aidan O’Brien and Ballydoyle have dominated recent proceedings of the event, landing seven of the last nine editions of the race.

However, you’d have to go back to 2013 to find the last horse who claimed the Vase and Derby double.

Ryan Moore celebrates with the trophy after winning The Investec Derby onboard Ruler of the World
Ruler Of The World was the last horse to win the Derby having landed the Chester Vase, back in 2013

Ruler Of The World was remarkably unraced at the age of two, but kickstarted his Classic campaign with a bang at the Curragh.

The son of Galileo maintained his unbeaten start in Cheshire when taking the Chester Vase under Ryan Moore a month later, but confirming his place in the history books when winning on the Downs under the same pilot to seal an early career hat-trick.

WATCH: RULER OF THE WORLD WINS THE EPSOM DERBY HAVING WON THE CHESTER VASE A MONTH EARLIER [CREDIT: RACING TV]

He would be turned over at short odds in the Irish equivalent next time out, going onto win only one of his final eight starts before being retired at the conclusion of his four-year-old season in 2014.

Dom’s NAP of the day is a selection in the 2021 Group 3 Chester Vase Stakes.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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