Battling second for One Ruler in G1 Futurity Trophy
One Ruler capped an excellent juvenile campaign with a rallying second on heavy ground in the mile G1 Futurity Trophy at Doncaster, UK, on Saturday, 24 October.
The Charlie Appleby-trained colt, an impressive winner of the G3 Emirates Autumn Stakes on his previous start, broke smartly and raced in second overall towards the stands’ side as the eight runners split into two equal groups after the first quarter-mile.
He continued to hold the runner-up position as the field converged passing the three-furlong pole before being asked for his effort by William Buick approaching the final two furlongs.
The Dubawi homebred battled gamely to press for the lead over a furlong out and kept on all the way to the line, going down by three-quarters of a length to New Approach colt Mac Swiney as the first two pulled clear of third home Baradar.
Charlie Appleby said: “One Ruler has run a very solid race and toughed it out in testing conditions. He has rounded off his two-year-old season with two excellent efforts and goes into the winter with a lovely profile for next year.”