Ruler Of The World powering clear in the MBNA Chester VasePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Ruler on top of the world in Chester Vase
Report: Chester, Thursday
MBNA Chester Vase (Group 3) 1m4½f, 3yo colts and geldings
RULER OF THE WORLD can now bid to follow in the famous hoofprints of Shergar as the colt gave trainer Aidan O'Brien his third winner of the Chester Vase in the last five seasons with an impressive performance.
The great Shergar was the last to win the Vase before the Epsom Classic in 1981, and Ruler Of The World is now as short as 6-1 (from 20) for the Investec Derby with Paddy Power following the victory.
Bookmaker opinion on Ruler Of The World's chances at Epsom was not uniform, with Ladbrokes still offering 14-1, although those who took the advice of Pricewise in Tuesday's Racing Post will be clutching their betting slips a bit tighter as Tom Segal advised the colt at 33-1.
Ryan Moore was keen to get to the front but had to settle for second as Joe Fanning bagged the lead on Mister Impatience, with Havana Beat and Feel Like Dancing completing the quartet.
There was little action for the first portion of the race as the field went along at a decent pace, though Feel Like Dancing did not appear to handle the tight turns of Chester as well as his three rivals.
Turning into the home straight Moore stoked up the 10-11 favourite, and once in top gear the pair passed Mister Impatience easily and quickly went several lengths clear.
Mark Johnston's runner held on for second at 11-1 as Havana Beat and Feel Like Dancing failed to land a blow, but Ruler Of The World was an emphatic six-length winner.
Representing the winning owners was Paul Smith, who said: "Aidan thinks quite a lot of him. He's been working well at home and we are delighted. We thought he might be a little green and babyish and with the tight track and the crowd the cheekpieces were a good choice."
Jockey Ryan Moore added: "He did it nicely. He's still babyish but he stayed on really well when the penny dropped. He was impressive.
"He handled this place all right, and I suppose he'll be in the mix.
"This horse would have no problem with the trip, that's not to say that the favourite [Dawn Approach] won't do, either - he looks quite a rock-solid horse at the minute."