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Head had to rule heart when it came to Grand National hero: Morris

By Frank Brownlow

Trainer Mouse Morris has praised the move to retire last month's Grand National winner Rule The World, the nine-year-old having battled injury in recent years.

Owned by Michael O'Leary, the Ryanir chief and his Gigginstown connections yesterday announced the decision to retire Rule The World, who triumphed in the £1million Aintree showpiece under teenage jockey David Mullins.

The victory meant Morris and O'Leary sealed a Grand National double having won the Irish version at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday with Rogue Angel.

Morris said: "I believe that retiring Rule The World is the right thing to do for the horse, who has been an outstanding servant for myself and all the team at Everards Grange.

"He is a half-brother to Venalmar, and Elysian Rock, both of whom were multiple winners for me, so I know the family well.

"I believe he would have gone all the way to the top as a possible Gold Cup horse if he hadn't suffered repeated pelvic injuries, and his bravery and courage in returning from these injuries to finish second in an Irish Grand National, and then win the Crabbie's Grand National, shows what a talented, brave, and courageous horse he is."

Rule The World will head for the owners' paddocks in Co Westmeath.

Gigginstown racing manager Eddie O'Leary explained: "At nine years of age, and now the Grand National winner, we feel Rule The World has nothing left to achieve.

"Having suffered two pelvic injuries over the last four years, our first concern must be for the wellbeing of the horse, and we feel it would be unfair to run him next season as a 10 year old, asking him to carry heavier weights," he added.

"The right thing to do is to retire him now, having just won the Grand National, and giving us all one of the best days of our lives."

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