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Poulton plans return.

JULIAN POULTON is poised to return to the training ranks after spending the last three years working as a full-time pediatrist, writes Graham Green.

"I must be mad, but I've been missing it and want to get back," said Poulton, 50, who is looking forward to renewing professional rivalry with his younger brother Jamie, who continues to train in Lewes.

"I've got the form to apply for a new licence, and I've still got to work out the leases and things like that, but hopefully I'll be training again in a couple of months."

Poulton plans to move back into Meddler Stud in Newmarket, from where he sent out about 40 winners during a four-year association that ended in late 2005. He took the decision to quit six months later after a spell at a yard in Caterham, Surrey, where he used to be assistant to Albert Davison.

Poulton, who expects to have a string of about 16 horses, sometimes combined hospital work with his racing career. That remains an option, but his priority is to make a success of training.

He said: "I might continue with the pediatry work, but if I could get away with not doing it I will.

"I've been away longer than I would have wanted, and am really looking forward to getting back. I want to give training a real go and see where it takes me."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 22, 2009
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