William Hill Grimthorpe Chase
Handicap, Doncaster,
£50,000 added,
5yo plus,
3m 2f, Class 2
Saturday 1st March 2014

1 Night In Milan 14/1
2 Storm Survivor 12/1
3 Renard 16/1
12 ran Distances: 5l, shd, 14l
TIME 6m 22.90s (fast by 2.10s)

Night In Milan (14-1) put up a superb display of jumping to run his rivals ragged in the William Hill Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster.

Night In Milan
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Night In Milan

Keith Reveley's eight-year-old won on Town Moor on his penultimate start but was pulled up in the Sky Bet Chase back there a month later in soft ground.

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, though by the third last he was in front on his own and he never touched a twig in the home straight under James Reveley, seeing off Storm Survivor and Renard by five lengths and a short-head.

Grand National fancy Monbeg Dude made an early mistake and was always chasing the field before making late headway.

The winning rider said: "He's a great horse and a very good jumper. He loved that ground - he pinged off it.

"The ground was too soft in the Sky Bet. It paid off today as he was ready to run the race of his life. He's still improving, despite getting on a bit. It's a shame there's no penalties for the National as he'd be some ride in that.

"This is my dad's favourite track so it's great to win one of their big prizes."

The trainer said: "He's in the National and we'll have to see if he gets in. If he doesn't he'll go for the Topham. We'll have him in both and he'll go for the National if he does get in.

"He's such a brilliant jumper. His owner Richard Collins is keen for him to jump the Aintree fences so we'll see. Personally I'd like to see him Topham Chase this year and National next year, but we'll see.

"He's got to have his ground. He's got to bounce off good ground. He's a smashing horse."

Monbeg Dude's trainer Michael Scudamore said "We needed to get a run into him, although it wasn't ideal.

"The dream is still alive. He hasn't had a hard race. Paul (Carberry) couldn't get him into it to give him a hard race.

"We wanted to get a good blow into him and it's all systems going forward."

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William Hill Grimthorpe Chase (Handicap Chase)
£50,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 2f, Class 2
12 ran
Going: Good

Night In Milan
K G Reveley
J Reveley
10st 12lbs
14 - 1
Storm Survivor
Jonjo O'Neill
R P McLernon
10st 5lbs
12 - 1
5 lengths
Miss V Williams
Aidan Coleman
11st 3lbs
16 - 1
Short Head
Golden Call
Jennie Candlish
D C Costello
10st 8lbs
8 - 1
14 lengths
Monbeg Dude
M Scudamore
P Carberry
11st 8lbs
5 - 1
7 lengths
Court By Surprise
Miss E C Lavelle
B J Geraghty
10st 10lbs
11 - 2
30 lengths
Wayward Prince
Mrs H Parrott
Jack Doyle
11st 12lbs
25 - 1
12 lengths
Mon Parrain
P F Nicholls
D A Jacob
11st 6lbs
9 - 1
9 lengths
Mart Lane
Dr R D P Newland
L Aspell
11st 3lbs
20 - 1
8 lengths
A King
R Thornton
11st 10lbs
11 - 1
Real Milan
D McCain Jnr
Brian Harding
10st 5lbs
8 - 1
Harry The Viking
P F Nicholls
Nick Scholfield
10st 5lbs
5 - 1

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