10/24/2014 1:04PM

Ruler of The World retired, to stand in Ireland

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English classic winner Ruler of The World has been retired from racing and will begin his stallion career at Coolmore’s Irish base in Co. Kildare, Ireland, for the 2015 breeding season. A fee will be announced at a later date.

“Ruler of The World has a recurrence of the muscle injury in his hind quarters that he suffered earlier in the summer and although it’s not critical, we have advised that he be retired to stud,” said Ballydoyle vet John Halley.

The 4-year-old son of Galileo finishes his racing career with four wins in 11 starts for earnings of $1,648,640 racing for the Coolmore partnership and Qatar-based Al Shaqab Racing. His career highlight came in the 2013 Epsom Derby, which he won by 1 1/2 lengths. Ruler of The World also won the Group 3 Chester Vase in England the Group 2 Prix Foy in France.

“Ruler of The World is a lovely horse with a very good action,” said trainer Aidan O’Brien. “He did very well to win the Derby less than two months after making his debut and he showed himself to be equally effective over a mile and a quarter in last year’s Champion Stakes.”

Bred in Ireland by Southern Bloodstock, Ruler of The World is out of the Group 3-placed Kingmambo mare Love Me True, whose seven winners from six foals to race also includes European champion Duke of Marmalade and Grade 3-placed Countess Lemonade. His extended family includes Group 1 winner Wolfhound, Grade 2 winners Discreet Dancer, Travelin Man, and Bite the Bullet, and Grade 3 winner Weekend Surprise and Madison’s Charm.