The 2024 Grand National 11 - 13 April

Rule the World

Rule the World is a thoroughbred born in the United Kingdom but trained in Ireland. He is regarded as one of the greatest runners at Grand National after winning the 2016 event as a novice. He has been showing some good form when it comes to hurdle events since 2013, but Rule the World became a surprise Grand National Aintree runners to win the event. Some of the prior success achieved by Rule the World was in 2013 and 2014. He won the Slaney Novice Hurdle and Limestone Lad Hurdle in these years respectively.

The progress made by Rule the World is especially surprising considering that he took more than 80 times in order to win his first over fences event. It was followed by a second place finish in as much as five races – a run that includes the Irish Grand National. However, the 2015-16 season turned out to be a purple patch for the horse foaled on 30 March 2007. After managing to finish on the podium in five races, Rule the World went on to lift the 2016 Grand National event despite being only given a price of 33/1 in the horse list for Grand National 2016.

Over the years, Rule the World has suffered numerous injuries especially to his pelvis. It has undoubtedly taken the edge off his performances when it comes to official Grand National runners. However, the unimaginable victory at the 2016 event has already made him as one of the confirmed the Grand National runners. It may be highly unlikely that he would repeat the feat of 2016 and go on to defend his title.

Owner Morris is of the opinion that Rule the World might have gone on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup at least five times if not for the injuries. Despite suggestions that he may retire immediately after the 2016 success, Morris would be just happy that Rule the World truly managed to live up to his name that year.