Ruler of World eyes big double
RACING FANS are in for a summer treat when they direct their attentions towards the unfolding action at The Curragh on Saturday evening next.
Aidan O'Brien's 'Ruler of the World' (currently 5/4f with Paddy Power) seeks to follow up his Epsom Derby success by landing the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.
The first three home at the Downs in early June will renew rivalries with new Godolphin purchase 'Libertarian', and in-form trainer David Wachman's 'Galileo Rock', hoping to turn the tables on O'Brien's impressive conqueror of the hotly-fancied 'Dawn Approach'.
The master of Ballydoyle has confirmed that 'Ruler of the World' will be on his own as he bids for a second Derby this term and not joined by any stablemates, which suggests confidence of a swift big-race double is high.
Also lining up in the field to tackle the distance of one mile and four furlongs will be Jim Bolger's progressive 'Trading Leather', who is currently available at a general 6/1.
It was a moment of sweet redemption for Bolger's 'Dawn Approach' when he dug deep to emerge the 'gutsy' victor over 'Toronado' after an incredible finish to the St. James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday last.
Jim Bolger's 2000 Guineas hero was unrecognisable after his run over a mile and a half in the Epsom Derby, but reverting to his preferred distance of one mile saw him get back on the winning trail just 17 days later - much to the delight of his legions of supporters that backed him into 5/4f before the off.
Bolger said afterwards: 'I texted Simon (Crisford, Godolphin racing manager) saying be prepared for a shock (running 'Dawn Approach' at Ascot so soon after Epsom).
'I felt he would be up for it. Simon spoke to his Highness (Sheikh Mohammed) and said he would be very happy to go along to Ascot.
'I always had faith in the horse and I knew whatever happened at Epsom was a one-off.
'We will have to sit down and talk about things, but I'm not going to make any predictions at this stage - everything is open to consideration.'
HAPPY HUNTING GROUND
Royal Ascot proved a happy hunting ground for Aidan O'Brien as he recorded four victories with 'Declaration of War' (15/2), 'Gale Force Ten' (9/2f), 'Leading Light' (5/4f) all ridden by son Joseph, and surprise winner 'War Command' (20/1) which was piloted by Seamie Heffernan.
Ferns man Jimmy Fortune rode the winner of the concluding race of the Royal Ascot meeting on Saturday evening, when 'Chiberta King' (8/1) was successful for trainer Andrew Balding.
The Jim Bolger-trained 'Fionnuar' (5/1) scored at Down Royal on Saturday, while Daryl Jacob rode 'Roger Beantown' (11/4) to victory for Paul Nicholls at Worcester on Sunday.