Tuesday 12 December 2017

Phil Smith puts 'Ruler' at bottom of 21st century Derby class

Ruler of the World ridden by jockey Ryan Moore
Ruler of the World ridden by jockey Ryan Moore

Ruler Of The World has been given the lowest rating of any Epsom Derby winner this century by the British senior handicapper.

Phil Smith gives Aidan O'Brien's unbeaten colt a figure of just 120 following his defeat of Libertarian, although he admits he has the potential to improve it.

He was similarly dismissive of Oaks winner Talent, rated 114 and above only Casual Look and Was at this stage.

Smith said: "I have Libertarian on 117 as he has basically run to the same level as Battle Of Marengo and that is what I had him running to on both of his starts this year.

"I have no reason to believe that Battle Of Marengo did not run his race. As a result, I have Ruler Of The World performing to 120 at Epsom.

"I have agreed this figure with Garry O'Gorman, who is senior handicapper on the Flat for the Irish Turf Club and it is the lowest immediate after-race figure for a Derby winner this century.

"However, just as with Talent, I am sure this will not be the limit of Ruler Of The World's ability level."

Elsewhere, trainer Gerard Butler will shortly be charged by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) over his use of the drug Sungate, which contains a banned anabolic steroid.

The Kildare native admitted to being subject to a BHA investigation concerning the joint treatment. While it is legal to use the drug in Britain when imported under licence, the active ingredient is a prohibited substance in racing. Butler admitted that several horses in his stable were treated for joint injuries after receiving assurances from a veterinary practice and he entered this into his official medical records.

Meanwhile, John Oxx's Irish Derby entry Zand is to make his belated reappearance in the TRM Silver Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday. The Aga Khan's colt has been held up this season and has only raced twice to date, both last autumn, winning his second start at Leopardstown by almost four lengths.

He has an alternative engagement at the Dublin track on Friday in the King George V Cup, but Oxx said: "He will probably go to the Curragh on Sunday.

"I'd like to start him off over a mile and a quarter rather than a mile and three in the race at Leopardstown."

Irish Independent

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