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Mullion makes belated Cleves comeback

Mullionmileanhour will make a belated return to the racecourse in Saturday's Lingfield Park Cleves Stakes.

Trainer John Best expects his charge to make up into a Group-class sprinter in time but he has not been seen since finishing third to stablemate Flashmans Papers in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2008.

"Last year I was trying to get him ready for the Nunthorpe and we had no problems up until the last minute, when he suddenly went lame and we had to give him more time off," said Best.

"He was probably the best horse in the race at Royal Ascot, as he had a very bad draw. He has had quite a few problems but we have at least had a clear run this time and he has been working away for a while.

"He hasn't had a racecourse gallop but I have still been very pleased with him and I hope we will end up going for Group races come the summer."

Also among the entries in the six-furlong Polytrack Listed race are Kevin Ryan's Arganil, Marco Botti's Souter's Sister and German raider Smarten Die.

Likely to be in the frame for the Pattern sprints later in the year is stablemate Sir Gerry, who won at the first meeting in Meydan and has been competing with distinction subsequently.


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