2013 Investec Derby: Jockey’s thoughts on rough race

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The 2013 running of the Investec Derby won by Ruler Of The World turned out to be a rough, stop/start affair with one leading jockey describing it as a “stupid race”.

Here are the thoughts of soke of the top ridesr after yesterday’s contest.

Ryan Moore, winning his second Investec Derby on Ruler Of The World, said: “I planned to be a bit closer but I just didn’t get away very well – it was a very messy race.

“I had to let this fellow go on when I did because I knew that he would get the trip very well. He was there a bit too soon and was just a little bit green.

“He has improved a lot from Chester and I think that he will get further. He has got a real, likeable attitude.

“We went so slowly, but he quickened well and he kept going. He was only having his third run, he was there early enough and you have got to give credit to the horse.

“I was there too early but he really toughed it out and showed a very good attitude.”

William Buick, jockey of second-placed Libertarian, said: “He ran great but inexperience told. He is a very good horse – possibly the best horse in that race.”

Joseph O’Brien, on board fourth Battle Of Marengo, said: “He ran really well.”

Richard Hughes, partner of sixth Mars, said: “It was a funny race – stop start the whole way round. It was as rough as I had imagined but I ran a very good race.”

Jamie Spencer, who rode seventh home Chopin, said: “You can’t have an opinion on such a stupid race.”

Neil Callan, on board ninth Mirsaale, said: “He wasn’t really good enough. It was a funny race and tactics probably paid off. I had a nice run round.”

Seamie Heffernan, on board tenth Festive Cheer, said: “Mine was a hundred to one chance.”

Daragh O’Donohoe, on board eleventh Ocean Applause, said: “He travelled well until the top of the hill and then it was over and out.”

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