Last year’s Epsom Derby winner Ruler Of The World has been retired from racing and will stand at Coolmore for 2015. “Ruler Of The World has a recurrence of the muscle injury in his hind quarters that he suffered earlier in the summer and although it’s not critical, we have advised that he be retired to stud,” said Ballydoyle vet John Halley.
Ruler Of The World won the Derby on just his third career start having earlier landed a Curragh maiden and the Group 3 Chester Vase by 6 lengths. Dropped back to a mile and a quarter for his final start of the season in the Qipco Champion Stakes, the son of Galileo put in another excellent effort when third, beaten just a neck and half a length, behind the older pair Farhh and Cirrus des Aigles. This season Ruler Of The World, now sporting the colours of Sheikh Joaan al Thani’s Al Shaqab Racing, made all the running under Frankie Dettori to land the Group 2 Qatar Prix Foy at Longchamp.
“He’s a very well-bred Derby winner by the best stallion in the world,” said Coolmore’s David O’Loughlin. “Five different Epsom Derby winners have sired Group 1 winners in Europe this season headed by Galileo, High Chaparral and Sea The Stars who have all enjoyed a great year both on the track and in the sales ring. It’s very exciting for Coolmore to be retiring two Derby-winning sons of Galileo.”
“Ruler Of The World is a lovely horse with a very good action,” said trainer Aidan O’Brien. “He did very well to win the Derby less than two months after making his debut and he showed himself to be equally effective over a mile and a quarter in last year’s Champion Stakes.”