World in motion in Derby market

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: May 9 2013, 15:25 BST

Ruler Of The World was an impressive winner of the Chester Vase on Thursday and was duly slashed for the Investec Derby.

Ruler Of The World: Chester Vase winner
Ruler Of The World: Chester Vase winner

Aidan O'Brien's colt finished six lengths clear of Mister Impatience on the Roodee.

Paddy Power and sportingbet went into just 6/1 for Classic glory at Epsom next month but Ladbrokes, who have strong connections with the Ballydoyle stable, are prepared to dangle 14s. The latter had offered 25/1 prior to the Chester race.

Sky Bet's Richard Horner, whose firm go 10/1 from 20s, said: "Ruler of the World posted an impressive win in today's Chester Vase and will now surely go for the big one now at Epsom. If Battle Of Marengo doesn't perform as expected on Sunday he may go there as Ballydoyle's number one and he would go off much shorter than his current 10/1."

Rory Jiwani, of Stan James, echoed those sentiments.

He said: "Battle Of Marengo runs for O'Brien in the Derrinstown Derby Trial on Sunday and, at present, he appears to be the stable's main hope for Epsom.

"We'll find out how good he is then but we like what we've seen from Ruler Of The World so far."

The last Chester Vase victor to go on to win the Derby was Shergar in 1981.

2000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach remains favourite with all the firms for the June 1 showpiece at no better than 7/4 (general).