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Hills to hand over to Burrows following final runner tonight.

KEMPTON TODAY BARRY HILLS'S second spell with a training licence is set to come to an end after tonight's meeting at Kempton where the two-year-old Mithqaal will be his final runner, writes Jon Lees.

The twice-raced juvenile contests a 7f maiden (6.10) in Hills's name after which assistant Owen Burrows will take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned Kingwood House in Lambourn.

Hills, 78, retired from an extremely successful training career in 2011 but returned to the training ranks after the death of his eldest son John, who had been at the helm at Kingwood.

Mithqaal has not run since finishing fourth at Leicester in June and Hills will miss the colt's appearance at Kempton as he is in hospital undergoing hip surgery.

His son Richard Hills, Sheikh Hamdan's assistant racing manager, said: "Mithqaal has had a wind op and we just want to get him back on the track. It would be lovely to think he'd win but it's more about getting a run into him."

He added: "When Dad gets out of hospital he'll continue to be a big part of Kingwood."

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Date:Nov 4, 2015
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