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Ryan Moore riding Ruler Of The World (C) win The MBNA Chester Vase at Chester racecourse on May 09, 2013 in Chester, England. Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Ryan Moore riding Ruler Of The World (C) win The MBNA Chester Vase at Chester racecourse on May 09, 2013 in Chester, England. Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Ryan Moore riding Ruler Of The World (C) win The MBNA Chester Vase at Chester racecourse on May 09, 2013 in Chester, England. Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

AIDAN O'BRIEN will now be making the final preparations ahead of his tilt at an incredible 11th Irish Derby.

Were he to win tomorrow's race, he would have won five more than previous Ballydoyle occupier, Vincent O'Brien.

And incredibly, should Ruler Of The World or outsider Festive Cheer win the Curragh feature, Aidan O'Brien would have trained an eighth consecutive Irish Derby victor.

His record in the race is simply incredible. In 1996, the trainer sent off his first runners when 50/1 shot His Excellence was third and Rainbow Blues fifth at 33/1.

And since 1996, O'Brien has had 65 runners in the biggest of all the Irish Classics.

He won the race for the first time in 1997 with Desert King and jockey Christy Roche. He has also saddled a 1-2-3 on four occasions.

Tomorrow, his tally of runners in the race will rise to 67, and Ruler Of The World will bid to become O'Brien's fourth colt to complete the Epsom/Curragh double, following on from last year's triumph of Camelot and previous greats Galileo and High Chaparral.

With such dominance in the race it would be easy to assume that a Ballydoyle horse will automatically be made favourite, but there is no doubt that Ruler Of The World deserves that mantle.

Last year, dual English Classic winner Camelot was a worthy favourite and won at odds of 1/5, but prior to that only Fame And Glory in 2009 – the year Sea The Stars was a non-runner – and Dylan Thomas in 2006 were winning favourites for O'Brien in his eight-in-a-row.

As Epsom winners, Galileo and High Chaparral were both favourites, but since O'Brien's dominance in 2006 his winners have seen off favourites such as the Michael Stoute duo of Carlton House and Tartan Bearer, and Mark Johnston's Monterosso also failed to make the frame when market leader.

This year's Derby possesses a lot of quality, but this corner is surprised that Ruler Of The World isn't odds-on like Ballydoyle's previous Epsom winners.

Tomorrow will be just his fourth career start since he won on his debut here at HQ in April and he has ticked every box he has encountered so far. They include an impressive win at Chester and then, of course, the Epsom Derby.

Twelve months ago the story was all about Camelot and how O'Brien claimed he was the best he had trained. Such high praise may be slower to get handed out in future after Camelot's recent form, but a win tomorrow will surely catapult Ruler Of The World high up in the echelons of Ballydoyle greats.

The difference with Ruler Of The World and those aforementioned Ballydoyle double Derby seekers is that Ruler Of The World arguably takes on a much better field of three-year-old colts than Galileo, High Chaparral and Camelot did. But hopefully that fact will enhance the price of the next Epsom/Curragh Derby winner.


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