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Land Force tops three Mill Reef contenders for Aidan O’Brien

Land Force (centre) comes home to win the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood

Land Force is one of three possible runners for Aidan O’Brien in the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

The No Nay Never colt won the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood last month, but has since struggled to land a telling blow in either the Prix Morny at Deauville or Sunday’s National Stakes at the Curragh.

He could turn out just six days later for a Group Two contest O’Brien has never previously won.

The Ballydoyle handler also left in Sergei Prokofiev and The Irish Rover at Monday’s confirmation stage.

Mick Channon’s Barbill, who won a valuable sales race at the Curragh on Sunday, is also among the 16 remaining entries.

Karl Burke enjoyed a Group One double on Irish Champions Weekend with Laurens and Havana Grey and could go in search of further big-race honours with Prix Morny third True Mason.

Other contenders include Jeremy Noseda’s dual winner Garrus, John Gosden’s pair of Kessaar and Marhaba Milliar and Mark Johnston’s duo Marie’s Diamond and Main Edition.

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