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Strong Ladbroke hand for Mullins

Champion trainer Willie Mullins is well represented with Final Approach (11st 3lb), Dare To Doubt (11st), Flat Out (10st 13lb), Inspector Clouseau (10st 4lb) and Tawaagg (9st 13lb) in the entries for The Ladbroke at Ascot on Saturday week.

Final Approach would be dropping from Grade 1 level having finished last of four behind Voler La Vedette in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

Edward O'Grady could also send over Sailors Warn (10st 11lb), while Dessie Hughes may be represented by Canaly (10st 6lb).

The Paul Nicholls-trained Brampour has been allotted top weight of 11st 12lb.

Nicholls' youngster has already won two valuable handicaps this season but his stablemate Prospect Wells (10st 9lb) heads the market with the sponsors at 6-1. Nicholls could also run Sanctuaire (11st 3lb), Sir Alex Ferguson's Empire Levant (10st 7lb) and Tonic Mellysse (10st 5lb).

Donald McCain has given the green light to Desert Cry (10st 10lb) after a conversation with his part-owner, Everton manager David Moyes, to set up a potential clash between two Premiership managers.

McCain said: "Desert Cry has come out of his run at Haydock in good form. I spoke to part-owner David Moyes on Tuesday evening and the plan is to go to Ascot. I was disappointed with him at Aintree at the end of last season when I thought that he would go close.

"I expected him to run well at Haydock, although I did just think that he would need the run, so there is a possibility that there might be a bit of improvement in him. He has gone up 8lb for that win but there is no point in complaining about it as races like The Ladbroke are where we want to be."

Philip Hobbs' impressive Aintree winner Featherbed Lane (10st 11lb), Olofi (10st 3lb) and Rajdhani Express (10st 6lb) are others of note.

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