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Aidan O'Brien to unleash Cougar Mountain in Joel Stakes at Newmarket

Cougar Mountain is the sole Irish challenger for the Shadwell Joel Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien relies upon the five-year-old after withdrawing his other entry Long Island Sound at the final declaration stage.

Among a field of six is dual Group One winner Amazing Maria, who was supplemented for the Group Two over a mile at the confirmation stage.

Her trainer David O'Meara is also represented by Custom Cut, the winner in 2014 and runner-up to Time Test 12 months ago.

A trio of three-year-olds - Sir Michael Stoute's Forge, the Hugo Palmer-trained Gifted Master and Nathra from John Gosden's stable - make up the sextet.

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