One Ruler Profile

Name One Ruler
Born Apr 16, 2018
Age 3 years

Charlie Appleby and William Buick combined in 2018 to win the Epsom Derby with Masar, but with Buick opting for Hurricane Lane over One Ruler, the latter entered the 2021 edition at odds of 17/2.

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.

Impressive beginnings

In his maiden race on July 23, 2020, One Ruler came in second of 13 horses in the Martin Densham Memorial EBF Maiden Stakes at Sandown Park. He struggled leaving the stalls but recovered well to lead with one furlong to go. However, he didn't have the legs and lost by three-and-a-quarter lengths to Etonian, struggling to hold on for second.

Exactly a month later on August 23, One Ruler claimed his first victory in the Betway Maiden Stakes at Sandown Park. Priced at 2/1 in this seven furlong race, he ran faultlessly and was largely unchallenged, winning by one-and-a-half lengths over pre-race favourite Maximal.

In his first race outside of Sandown - at Doncaster on September 11 - One Ruler finished third despite being the 5/4 favourite in the bet365 Flying Scotsman Stakes. He lost the race by two-and-three-quarter lengths to the 17/2 shot New Mandate, with Laneqash finishing second.

One Ruler stepped up in both class and distance (from seven furlongs to a mile) for his next race, the Group 3 Emirates Autumn Stakes at Newmarket on October 10. Priced at 5/1, he ran a strong race and got the lead over a furlong out, holding on to a comfortable win by one-and-three-quarter lengths.

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

Charlie Appleby trains Thoroughbred horses at Godolphin's Moulton Paddocks stable in Newmarket. He has over 25 major career wins including the Epsom Derby in 2018 with Masar. In the same year, he became the first British-based trainer to saddle a Melbourne Cup winner when Cross Counter was victorious.

Trainer Charlie Appleby

Appleby has over 700 wins in his career to date, with some other major successes including the 2020 Coronation Cup with Ghaiyyath, and the Eclipse Stakes with both Hawkbill (2016) and Ghaiyyath (2020).

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.

Godolphin is the Thoroughbred racing stable of the Maktoum family and is one of the most highly respected in the world of horse racing. They have won over 5,000 races worldwide since their foundation in 1992.

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.

William Buick has been the regular rider for One Ruler

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.

He has also won the Irish 2000 Guineas with Kingman (2014) and the Irish Oaks with Sea of Class (2018).

One Ruler's pedigree

One Ruler was sired by Dubawi and his dam is Fintry, both of whom are Irish Thoroughbred horses.

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.

Fintry won five out of the 11 races she competed in, including wins at Chantilly and Sandown. As well as One Ruler she is also dam to Tolmount.

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