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Ruler tops Cup hopes

Ruler Of The World is among 28 entries for the Investec Coronation Cup (In Commemoration Of St Nicholas Abbey) at Epsom.

This year's race on June 7 is being run in remembrance of Aidan O'Brien's three-time winner and the trainer will no doubt be keen to keep the prize.

As well as Derby winner Ruler Of The World, O'Brien could run Breeders' Cup winner Magician, St Leger winner Leading Light, Kingsbarns and Irish Oaks winner Chicquita.

Andre Fabre has an excellent record in the Group One and has entered Flintshire.

"There are very few mile-and-a-half Group One races for older horses in the early half of the season and the Investec Coronation Cup is a possibility for Flintshire," said owner Khalid Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe.

"He has done well over the winter, but has been a bit slow to come to hand so everything would have to go smoothly between now and June. He has been in better form lately though and the Coronation Cup is certainly a race we will look at.

"He ran pretty well in the Prix Niel, but the ground was just too soft for him in Arc. He has a long, flowing action and definitely wants good ground or better.

"We are obviously hoping he can improve again this year and there are some races in May that he could take in first, but we will just have to see how he goes."

Abdullah has alternative options in John Gosden's Brass Ring and Lady Cecil's Retirement Plan.

"Brass Ring and Retirement Plan are both potentially nice staying horses," said Grimthorpe.

"Retirement Plan pricked a foot after winning at Goodwood, but it got a bit more complicated than that and we had to clean it up. He has been fine since then and has wintered pretty well.

"We have always thought he was a progressive horse and he looked like he would be a nice stayer - he has obviously got the pedigree to be (Monsun ex Passage Of Time) - but we are slightly in unknown territory.

"Likewise with Brass Ring who looked like a nice, progressive sort. He had a slight injury which held up his season and we also gelded him, so we are starting slightly from a clean sheet of paper with him as well.

"It's early days yet and there are obviously races like the John Porter, but we will just have to see. Everything would have to go very smoothly for them to step up to Group One company at Epsom."

Cirrus Des Aigles, Telescope, Talent, Secret Gesture and Red Cadeaux are all in the mix.