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Ruler all set for Epsom return

Last year's Derby hero Ruler Of The World remains on course for a return to Epsom in the Investec Coronation Cup next month.

The four-year-old disappointed in the Irish Derby following his career-defining victory on the Downs last June, but rounded off his year with a narrow defeat in the Champion Stakes at Ascot.

He was unable to make an impact in the Dubai World Cup at the end of March, but as many of his string were under the weather earlier in the year, trainer Aidan O'Brien his happy to forgive his charge that disappointing effort on Tapeta at Meydan.

He said: "He did his first piece of work back the other day and we were very happy with him. He's on course for Epsom.

"We were taking a bit of a chance in Dubai as he'd never raced on the surface but we felt it was worth the chance.

"The horses went to Dubai very healthy but maybe not as fit as other years with what had happened."

Ruler Of The World is part of a strong team of older horses for Ballydoyle this season.

O'Brien confirmed last year's Irish 2,000 Guineas and Breeders' Cup Turf winner Magician will take in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on Sunday week ahead of a potential trip to Royal Ascot.

He said: "He'll go for the Tattersalls Gold Cup and then might go to Ascot for the Prince Of Wales's Stakes."

Ernest Hemingway is a useful stayer at his best, but has been ruled out of this week's Sky Bet Yorkshire Cup due to testing conditions on the Knavesmire.

O'Brien has also welcomed two exciting two additions to the team in American ace Verrazano and crack French filly Chicquita.

The latter has not been seen in competitive action since winning the Irish Oaks for Alain de Royer-Dupre last July.

O'Brien said: "She's on a little break and we've always had it in our minds that she'll be an autumn filly.

"Obviously she's a very good filly. Her previous trainer was a very good trainer and I wouldn't say we'll improve her but if we got her back to that pitch we'd be very happy."