Ruler of The World: mark of 120 is lowest this centuryPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Ruler Of The World handed mark of 120
RULER OF THE WORLD has been allotted a mark of 120 for his win in Saturday's Investec Derby by BHA head of handicapping Phil Smith, making the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt the lowest-rated winner of the Epsom Classic this century.
The 2006 winner Sir Percy was the previous lowest, given a mark of 121 following victory, however Smith does not believe Ruler Of The World has reached the ceiling of his ability.
Speaking on his BHA blog, Smith said: "I have Ruler Of The World performing to 120 at Epsom. He went two lengths clear (3lb) and then appeared to idle a little close home. I have agreed this figure with Garry O'Gorman, who is senior handicapper on the Flat for the Irish Turf Club.
"I am sure this will not be the limit of Ruler Of The World's ability level. The first three in this year's Investec Derby had only run a total of eight times previously. This is the lowest figure this century and it would not surprise me if someone researched it and discovered that it was in fact the fewest number of pre-Derby runs ever by the first three finishers.
"Certainly they all have bags of improvement in them, particularly Libertarian on a more galloping track and perhaps over a couple of extra furlongs.
Smith gave Libertarian a mark of 117, while Oaks winner Talent has been handed a mark of 114. The last filly to be given the same rating following Oaks success was Snow Fairy in 2010, who ended her three-year-old campaign on 120.
Smith added: "Ralph Beckett's filly is clearly improving and it would be no surprise to see her emulate Snow Fairy's figure by the end of the season. She appears to save her best for the racecourse and not the training grounds.
"This century only two Oaks winners Casual Look (113) and Was (113) have been rated lower than Talent, BUT do not underestimate her."