Ruler Of The World / The Guardian (p)
RULER OF THE WORLD (IRE)
Galileo - Love Me True
Spontaneous groans and relieved smiles took their turns on Dubai’s IMAX theater stage as connections of the 16 horses that will vie for racing’s biggest prize, the $10-million G1 Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airlines, drew post positions in an elaborate ceremony yesterday.
As delighted as any of the participants who drew the most coveted numbers was Harry Herbert, Racing Advisor to Qatari Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani’s Al Shaqab Racing, which yesterday sealed a last moment deal with Coolmore to purchase a 50% interest in G1 Investec Derby winner Ruler Of The World (Ire) (Galileo). From Saturday on, Ruler of the World will race in Al Shaqab’s silks under the partnership of Al Shaqab Racing, John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. He will continue to be trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by his son, Joseph O’Brien, and will stand at Coolmore upon retirement from racing.
“It’s been a very recent development, just over the last two or three days,” Herbert told PA Sport. “When he retires, Al Shaqab will also receive 50% of his stud value. He is a horse that Sheikh Joaan has always liked and pinpointed him as a horse he’d like to be involved with, especially with this weekend in mind. It’s great to be involved in races like this. Whatever happens on Saturday, it is a long season and he’ll be a great addition. Sheikh Joaan spoke to John Magnier about acquiring a stake and it went from there.”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News