The odds proved to be quite accurate as One Ruler finished in sixth place, over 14 lengths behind the winner Adayar. Buick's Hurricane Lane finished in third, while James Doyle retook the reins of One Ruler.
As a two-year-old he was a leading prospect and came in a respectable sixth in his only race in 2021 - the Group One 2000 Guineas Stakes, which was Doyle's first ride on One Ruler. In the Derby, he didn't really challenge. He was held up initially at the rear before being shaken up midway through the race. However, he never did enough and made no real impression over the final furlongs.
In his final race of 2020 on October 24, he ran in the Group One Vertem Futurity Stakes at Doncaster, which was again over a mile. He ran a good race and disputed the lead with a furlong to go, but ultimately lost to fellow Epsom Derby contender Mac Swiney by three-quarters of a length despite being the 6/4 favourite.
In the only race of his three-year-old season, One Ruler ran in the Group One Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes on May 1 and came in sixth, five lengths behind winner Poetic Flare. This meant he had over a month's rest before racing in the Derby on June 5, but he couldn't make this count.
One Ruler's connections
In 2017, he guided four Grade One winners to success in various races around the world. Two of these were in France (the Prix Marcel Boussac with Wild Illusion and the Prix Saint-Alary with Sobetsu), while in Australia, he won the Sydney Cup with Polarisation. Wuheida won the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf in the USA towards the end of the year.
William Buick is a stable jockey for Godolphin and has been with them since November 2014.
During his career he has won three Classics: the St Leger in 2010 and 2011 (with Arctic Cosmos and Masked Marvel, respectively), and the Derby in 2018 with the aforementioned Masar. He has also won a number of other major races including the Coronation Cup with Ghaiyyath in 2020, three Eclipse Stakes (Nathaniel in 2012, Hawkbill in 2016 and Ghaiyyath in 2020), the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Nathaniel in 2011, and the Lockinge Stakes with Ribchester in 2017.
Buick rode One Ruler for his first five outings, but James Doyle took the reins in the 2000 Guineas. He did so again for the Derby. His win percentage on the Flat over the last five years is 21%, having won over 500 races from nearly 2,500 starts. Doyle has been a retained Godolphin rider since 2014 and has close links with Appleby.
Doyle has won a number of major races including the Ascot Gold Cup with Big Orange in 2017, the Eclipse Stakes with Al Kazeem in 2013, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Poet's World in 2018 and the Lockinge Stakes with Night of Thunder in 2015.
One Ruler's pedigree
Dubawi is a stallion who during his racing career won five out of eight races including the Irish 2000 Guineas in 2005. He was undefeated as a two-year-old in 2004 and won his maiden race at Goodwood Racecourse. He finished third in the 2005 Epsom Derby and second in the subsequent Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.