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Mullins Aintree team takes shape

The six-year-old grey sauntered to victory at the Cheltenham Festival, surprising even his trainer with the ease of his win. However, Mullins feels the Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase on Saturday will come too soon for him and instead will wait for Punchestown. Aramon, sixth to stablemate Klassical Dream in the Supreme, is in the mix for Friday's Top Novices' Hurdle. "Aramon might run in the two-mile novice hurdle, but Duc Des Genievres had a hard race at Cheltenham and will wait for Punchestown," said Mullins. Ireland's champion trainer wants to run all three of his entries in the Aintree Hurdle, ground permitting. Former champion hurdler Faugheen will drop to two and a half miles after finishing third in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham, while dual Champion Hurdle runner-up Melon will step up in trip. The only possible doubt is over Benie Des Dieux, who fell at Cheltenham with the mares' race at her mercy.

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