In the past six years, Aidan O'Brien has reduced the world's most famous Flat race to the equivalent of a private gallop down Tipperary way, but just as a record-equalling seventh win in the race beckoned through the odds-on favourite, Saxon Warrior, the rival powerhouse of Godolphin stole the £850,860 prize with the largely unfancied Masar.
The big danger to Saxon Warrior has to be Dante victor Roaring Lion, who blew away a decent enough field in superb style in his four-and-half length success.
Coolmore are always looking for a horse who can fulfil the Triple Crown dream and they may just have unearthed one this year in the shape of SAXON WARRIOR.
"It is not easy to win the Derby but we have won it", Sheikh Mohammed said in a post-race television interview. Firstly for giving me the position to be here.
It proved a one-two for the Dubai royal family, with second-placed Dee Ex Bee owned by Sheikh Mohammed's son, Sheikh Hamdan.More news: Computex 2018: ASUS launches new TUF gaming line-up
He added: "I was jumping up and down in the final furlong". I've seen plenty of things come and go and fortunately when I was appointed trainer five years ago the goal was to have a Derby victor in the Godolphin blue.
"I've often seen that happen to horses and they leave a run behind them very quick".
Although in no rush to make plans, the Ballydoyle handler did not rule out staying at a mile and a half in the Irish Derby.
Of his emotions as Buick guided Masar down the home stretch to take the victory, Appleby admitted he did endure some anxious moments. The unexposed Young Rascal is another I am a bit anxious by. It's only his fifth run. "We will look forward to him the next time".
His trainer Mark Johnston said: "We came here with doubts about his effectiveness on the track and I'm not sure it suits".More news: Trump’s Lawyers, in Confidential Memo, Argue to Head Off a Historic Subpoena
"Because of the camber he rolled on to the one on his inside, but he rallied again up the hill so it bodes really well for the future".
"I'm delighted for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed".
"He's still a big baby and probably the biggest horse in the field, everything suggests there should be better to come".
Dante victor Roaring Lion moved ominously well until the two furlong marker, and John Gosden's colt had to settle for third.
"I was always just hoping the door was going to open for us this season and, to be honest, I did think it was going to be yesterday".More news: Arsenal interested in surprise move for Marouane Fellaini