Rule The World: won for the first time over fences in the Grand National
PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
GRAND NATIONAL hero Rule The World has been retired from racing by Gigginstown House Stud and will head for the owners’ paddocks in County Westmeath to join Gold Cup hero War Of Attrition in retirement.
“At nine years of age, and now the Grand National winner, we feel Rule The World has nothing left to achieve,” said Gigginstown racing manager Eddie O’Leary.
“Having suffered two pelvic injuries over the last four years, our first concern must be for the wellbeing of the horse, and we feel it would be unfair to run him next season as a ten-year-old, asking him to carry heavier weights.
“Mouse [Morris, trainer], Bryan [Cooper, Gigginstown’s retained rider], and I feel the right thing to do is to retire him now, having just won the Grand National, and giving us all one of the best days of our lives.
“He will enjoy a well-deserved retirement in the paddocks in Gigginstown where he will join War Of Attrition, Last Instalment, and some of our other distinguished retirees.”
First win over fences
After finishing second seven times over fences and going to Aintree a chase maiden, Rule The World landed the biggest jumps race in the world last month for teenage jockey David Mullins, and meant trainer Mouse Morris and Michael O’Leary sealed a Grand National double having won the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse in March with Rogue Angel. On Tuesday afternoon Morris agreed with the decision.
“I believe that retiring Rule The World is the right thing to do for the horse, who has been an outstanding servant for myself and all the team at Everards Grange,” he said.
“He is a half-brother to Venalmar, and Elysian Rock, both of whom were multiple winners for me, so I know the family well.
“I believe he would have gone all the way to the top as a possible Gold Cup horse if he hadn’t suffered repeated pelvic injuries, and his bravery and courage in returning from these injuries to finish second in an Irish Grand National, and then win the Crabbie’s Grand National, shows what a talented, brave, and courageous horse he is.”
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