‘Ruler’ to face eight in Derby

Epsom Derby winner Ruler Of The World will face 8 rivals in Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh following final declaration of runners and he will attempt to give trainer Aidan O’Brien a remarkable 11th winner of the race.

Epsom Derby winner Ruler Of The World will face 8 rivals in Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh following final declaration of runners and he will attempt to give trainer Aidan O’Brien a remarkable 11th winner of the race.

He will take on Libertarian who finished runner up at Epsom and whose trainer Elaine Burke will attempt to become the first female trainer to win the Group 1 Classic in it’s 148th year history. Epsom third Galileo Rock will hope to give his trainer David Wachman and jockey Wayne Lordan their first Irish Derby victory.

Sugar Boy trained by Patrick Prendergast, whose grandfather trained the winner of the race four times, will also line up in the 1.25 million euro contest, while Jim Bolger who won the race 21 years ago with St Jovite has Trading Leather, John Oxx who trained the winner of the race in 2000 with Sinndar and in 2003 with Alamshar will run Little White Cloud, while trainer Pat Shanahan will attempt to become one of the only trainers to also win the race as a jockey, having ridden Zagreb to success in 1996, when he saddles Ralston Road.

Festive Cheer, Cap O’Rushes make up the nine runner field