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Al Shaqab swoop for Ruler interest

Al Shaqab Racing has purchased a "significant interest" in the Coolmore-owned Ruler Of The World, last season's Epsom Derby winner.

The four-year-old Galileo colt will remain in training with Aidan O'Brien and will continue to be ridden by the Ballydoyle handler's son, Joseph.

Ruler Of The World is due to contest the Dubai World Cup at Meydan on Saturday but will now run in the colours Al Shaqab Racing.

Al Shaqab's racing advisor Harry Herbert said: "Al Shaqab is delighted to be in partnership with John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith and we are extremely excited to be participating in Saturday's World Cup."

A statement posted on Coolmore's website readWill run in different coulous: "Al Shaqab Racing has purchased a significant interest in last year's Epsom Derby winner Ruler Of The World.

"The son of Galileo will run in the colours of Al Shaqab Racing in partnership with the Coolmore triumvirate of Tabor/Smith/Magnier.

"He will remain in training with Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle and will continue to be ridden by Joseph O'Brien.

"Ruler Of The World who will retire to Coolmore at the end of his racing career is due to begin his season in Saturday's Dubai World Cup where he heads a team of six trained by Aidan O'Brien."