After a famous victory at the Grand National just over a week ago, Rule The World and owner Michael O’Leary have no doubt been riding on the crest of a wave over the past few days. However, the news that the horse may not be in attendance at Aintree next year will come as a surprise to many, With O’Leary even stating that he may well retire with immediate effect. Having twice recovered from a cracked pelvis, the horse claimed his first victory over fences at Aintree, and now looks set to bow out at the top of his game.
Irishman O’Leary, who also collected a significant victory in the Gold Cup at the recent Cheltenham Festival through Don Cossack, will now seek approval from trainer Mouse Morris to give him a worthy send off in the near future. The nine year old will certainly not race again this season. The 33/1 outsider with bookmakers Coral strode past his closest rivals at Aintree to claim un unprecedented win, as Morris backed up wins at the Irish National with another famous achievement. However, in a career than has been majorly effected by injury, it now looks like it could be the end of the road for Rule The World.
After Morris failed to claim a hat trick of wins at the Scottish National at Ayr recently, the final race meeting of the season at Sandown still holds much significance. Trainers Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls are provided with their final opportunity to get one over on each other in the race for the British trainer’s championship, in which Nicholls currently holds a narrow lead.
With Royal Ascot to look forward to in June, the famous meeting is likely to attract much attention as a result of its record prize fund which reaches over £6.5 million. For those of you who enjoy a flutter, bet on Royal Ascot online where Order of St George is currently the 4/1 favourite to claim glory in the iconic Ascot Gold Cup. A Royal Ascot bet is certainly one of the highlights of the racing season, with the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and Queen Anne races providing the most opportunities for supporters.
Meanwhile, another horse who will not be seen again this season is The Last Samuri. The Grand National runner up, who is trained by Kim Bailey, will look to next years Aintree meeting for perhaps a final crack at Grand National glory.