Ruler Of The World: could only manage fifth in the Irish Derby on SaturdayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
O'Brien blames busy schedule for Ruler flop
AIDAN O'BRIEN said on Sunday that Ruler Of The World's defeat in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby may have been a result of too many races in a short period of time.
Winner of the Investec Derby at Epsom, Ruler Of The World was sent off the 4-5 favourite to maintain his unbeaten record, having also claimed victories in a 1m2f maiden and the Chester Vase, and provide his trainer with an eighth successive victory in the Classic.
However, the son of Galileo could only manage a lacklustre fifth, beaten ten lengths, behind winner Trading Leather at the Curragh.
After winning a maiden on his racecourse debut in April, Ruler Of The World's three subsequent outings came in 52 days and O'Brien blamed the workload for Ruler Of The World's failure on Saturday evening.
"He had three quick runs and maybe he needed a break. Obviously getting warm [before the race] didn't help," O'Brien said.
"Of course we want to win every race, but wasn't it great for the race [that Jim Bolger won it]?"