Epsom - Epsom Derby
Purchased at the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale, this 'Plus 10 bonus' registered colt is by Ruler Of The World. Read about his sire here: https://coolmore.com/stallions/ruler-of-the-world
Rarely at Middleham Park, are we able to afford a horse whose genes suggest he could be good enough to win an Epsom Derby or a ParisLongchamp Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe, however through our undying search for quality, we have a colt here, who is as likely, as pretty much any horse in Europe, to be contesting such prizes.
We seem to have an uncanny knack of unearthing high-class middle distances horses on a very sensible budget. For instance, we spent 110,000 Guineas (a €50,000 yearling) on the unraced Ventura Storm. He was a three-time Group winner for us, including at Group 1 level and he placed 2nd in the 2016 St Leger. He was sold to Australia for a huge profit and is a Group 1 placed and Group 2 winner down under in Australia for his new connections. He finished 8th and 10th respectively in the last two Melbourne Cups. Raymond Tusk, an €85,000 son of High Chaparral is now a Group 2 Gran Premio Del Jockey Club winner, having won the Listed Glasgow Stakes and placed 6th in the St Leger. Currently rated 111, he looks destined for a stellar 2019. Viren's Army, a €110,000 purchase was a 107 rated winner of the Chester Dee Stakes before being sold for £700,000 at the Royal Ascot, London Sale. He was sold to Godolphin who won at Meydan with him following his purchase.
Our Ruler Of The World colt possesses significantly stronger genes than any of his MPR predecessors and he affords us a genuine opportunity to compete with the blue bloods of racing, in the middle distance 3yo and 3yo+ Blue Riband races around Europe. Our yearling's father, Ruler Of The World, won the iconic Epsom Derby himself no less and has had only one crop to race to date as a stallion, yet he's already sired the Group 1 winner Iridessa, winner of the Fillies' Mile (a race won in 2017 by Laurens). He looks to be making a tip top stallion, as his sire Galileo would suggest he could. Only No Nay Never and Ruler Of The World have sired Group 1 winners from their first crops in 2018. The future for both stallions looks particularly bright. EBN published this on February 11th "It was an impressive year for Coolmore Stud's Epsom Derby winner RULEROFTHEWORLD (Galileo) after IRIDESSA from his first crop of 2yo's won the Gr.1 Fillies' Mile. Don't miss out on an exciting 2019 as she is current favourite for the Gr.1 Epsom Oaks!"
However, we've only told half the tale. The dam of our fabulous colt, Lady Dettoria has already produced the listed and Group 3 winner, Group 2 and Group 1 placed filly Sea Of Grace (by Born To Sea). She's a high-class performer, there's no doubt, with her official rating of 109 and Timeform rating of 114. However, it definitely looks as if Ruler Of The World will become a significantly smarter stallion than Born To Sea. Sea Of Grace is by some 4 pounds, the best progeny of the stallion Born To Sea. He's tended not to sire horses in the calibre of Sea Of Grace. The mare has done fantastically well. For Lady Dettoria, a visit to Ruler Of The World represents a huge upgrade compared with Born To Sea and affords us the luxury of believing that our colt could significantly outperform Sea Of Grace. From a family of top class, black type performers, the blue-blooded genes are well ensconced in this colt's pedigree. He wants for nothing, according to his pedigree.
This colt has the looks and the genes to be dining at racing's top table and although shares do not come cheap, he affords us a real chance! (Please see his walk video attached to this page.)
Trainer Update: Tom, his syndicate manager says: "David keeps ringing me about the Ruler colt, he wont shut up about him! He's taken by just how easy he is doing everything up Warren Hill. He's a big old horse who David wants to take his time with and deliver him as most Newmarket trainers do but he's already comparing him to some of his best horses he's had in his care."
David has entered this colt in the Derby. We are yet to win a Classic (2nd in the St Leger is our best result), so an entry in this coveted race has us very excited!