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Night In Milan with jockey James Reveley. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire

Night In Milan with jockey James Reveley. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire

Night In Milan with jockey James Reveley. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire

NIGHT In Milan might not even end up in the Crabbie's Grand National in April, but trainer Keith Reveley is unlikely to be too downhearted.

After all, the eight-year-old well and truly had his day in the early spring sunshine at Doncaster on Saturday, with a bold jumping performance which helped him take top honours the William Hill Grimthorpe Chase.

Back on a sound surface, he set out to make the running, but had Golden Call for company for much of the three-and-a-quarter miles.

However, from the third-last, he was in front on his own and he jumped superbly in the hands of the trainer's son James as he saw off Storm Survivor and Renard by five lengths and a short head.

Night In Milan needs more than 30 horses to come out to get a run in the Aintree showpiece, but Reveley Snr said: "Personally, I'd like to see him in the Topham this year and National next year.

"He's such a brilliant jumper. His owner Richard Collins is keen for him to jump the Aintree fences, so we'll see."

Leading National fancy Monbeg Dude made good late headway to finish a satisfactory fifth.

His trainer Michael Scudamore said: "The dream is still alive."

It was a red-letter day for the Reveleys, with Victor Hewgo (4/5 favourite) booking his ticket to Aintree after easily disposing of his two rivals in the Park Hill Hospital Novices' Chase.

"He's a lovely horse and we may as well have a go at the Grade One at Aintree we won with Cab On Target (in 1993)," said Reveley.

Trainer Nicky Henderson and jockey Barry Geraghty weighed in with a Yorkshire double courtesy of Mayfair Music and Tistory.

Tom Scudamore had a hairy moment before capitalising on a rare ride for the still all-conquering Venetia Williams stable in the StanJames.com Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury.

His mount Shangani was in the midst of battle with Rebel Rebellion on his outside after the final fence of the Grade Three event, before it became evident the pair were closing in on the cordoned-off area which divides the water jump from the run to the winning line.

Ryan Mahon managed to yank Rebel Rebellion back on course in the nick of time, but Scudamore slipped up the inside rail and forced the 3/1 favourite home a length and three-quarters ahead.

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Mahon was given a four-day ban (March 15-18) for careless riding in allowing his horse to shift left into the whip and seemed to know he might be in trouble.

He said: "I was lugging left, but I should have corrected him earlier."

Shangani is engaged in the Byrne Group Plate at Cheltenham and Williams said: "I was worried he wouldn't get in, but he now has a 5lb penalty, and 50 grand!"

Williams picked up yet another decent weekend winner in the Barbury International Supporting Greatwood Veterans' Handicap Chase as Liam Treadwell earned his fee on Summery Justice (9/2).

Crabbie's Grand National entry Burton Port appeared to be revitalised by cheekpieces, establishing a clear lead but tiring in the closing stages as Summery Justice forged past and went seven lengths away.

Clever Cookie provided trainer Peter Niven with the biggest win of his training career in the £1.25million Scoop6 Premier Kelso Hurdle, while Maggio sprang a minor surprise in the Best Odds Guaranteed At totepool.com Premier Chase.


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