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Ruler of The World - Epsom 1/6/2013

Ruler of The World (navy silks): as short as evens to win his second Derby

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World backed to rule Derby rivals again

ON the day Derby runner-up Libertarian was supplemented for Saturday's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, his Epsom conqueror Ruler Of The World hardened at the head of the market to complete a famous Derby double.

Boylesports and BetVictor fell into line with the majority of bookmakers on Monday, cutting the unbeaten Galileo colt to 11-10 (from 5-4 and 6-5 respectively) although Paddy Power have stood firm at 5-4 about a horse that is just evens with bet365 and William Hill.

The supplemented Libertarian, recently purchased by Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation, is 7-2 second-favourite with Boylesports after it was revealed his new owners had also supplemented pacesetter Cap O'Rushes for the race at a cost of €100,000.

Trading Leather (6-1), Galileo Rock and Sugar Boy (both 7-1) are the only other runners offered at single figure prices.

The Patrick Prendergast-trained Sugar Boy became acquainted with the Curragh on Monday and delighted connections in a seven furlong workout up the home straight.

Runner-up in the Ballysax Stakes in April, Sugar Boy was last seen in action winning the bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown on April 26 in which subsequent Derby third Galileo Rock filled the same position, with Libertarian back in fourth after suffering significant interference in running.

Prendergast said: "We've done so little on grass with him that he thinks it's just for eating and the Old Vic (all-weather) gallop is for racing on, so it was great to be able to work here this morning.

"I'm delighted with the way he moved on that ground. He does go on good ground, it's just softer ground doesn't inconvenience him and does slow the others down.

"I was delighted with the way the form worked out in the Derby and by Battle Of Marengo's run at Ascot and I'm not making any predictions, but I know my horse deserves his place in the line-up, that's for sure."

The Curragh was hit by 9mm of rain over the weekend, taking all firm patches out of the ground. It is now good all over and no further rain is predicted until Thursday. 

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