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Night In Milan had his
day in the early spring
sunshine at Doncaster
with a bold jumping per-
formance to take the
William Hill Grimthorpe
Chase at Doncaster.
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
Back on a sound surface,
he set out to make the run-
ning but had Golden Call
for company for much of
the three and a quarter
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 was cut
to 50-1 from 66-1 for the
Crabbie s Grand National
with Ladbrokes, but he
needs more than 30 horses
the Aintree showpiece.
Reveley senior will give
the horse an entry in the
Topham Chase over the
National fences at the same
meeting as a back-up.
"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," said the train-
"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 in the Topham this year
and National next year, but
we ll see. He s only a young
"He s got to have his
ground. He s got to bounce
off good ground. He s a
Leading National fancy
Monbeg Dude made good
late headway to finish a sat-
His trainer Michael Scu-
damore said "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."
Cavalryman geared up for the
defence of his Dubai Gold Cup crown
with a comfortable victory in the
Group Three Nad Al Sheba Trophy
Saeed bin Suroor s stable stalwart,
now an eight-year-old, proved a cut
above his rivals as he powered to a
five-and-a-half-length victory over
Star Empire in the hands of Silvestre
John Oxx s Saddler s Rock put the
pace to the race, closely shadowed
by Statutory, but those two were sit-
Cavalryman cruised through the
pack and took up the running on the
bridle before sprinting clear to prove
he will be the one to beat again over
two miles on World Cup night at the
end of March.
De Sousa told At The Races: "The
way he did it, you couldn t ask any
"I hope he keeps in one piece and
I think he will have a big shout on
the big night."
The Michael Halford-trained Cert-
erach claimed third, while Willie
Mullins Simenon appeared in need
of the run on his Dubai bow and
stayed on from the rear to finish fifth.
De Sousa and Bin Suroor had earlier
been on the mark with Free Wheeling
in the Meydan Sobha Handicap.
www.godolphin.com: "We changed
Free Wheeling from turf to Tapeta
and he handled the surface really well.
"He showed some class with his
work in the mornings and that gave
us the chance to go for this race.
"Free Wheeling showed a good turn
of foot over the distance and Silvestre
de Sousa kept him nice and handy
throughout the race. He won really
"We will have a look at how he
comes out of tonight and find another
race for him."
Mike De Kock and Christophe
Soumillon were also in double form,
teaming up with Kavanagh in the Dis-
trict One Handicap and Sanshaawes
in the District One Phase III Hand-
Venetia Williams Shangani won
the StanJames.com Supporting
Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap
Chase at Newbury.
There was a dramatic finale to the
two and a half mile Grade Three con-
test as it appeared as though Ryan
Mahon aboard Rebel Rebellion failed
to account for the elbow close home.
Tom Scudamore was forced to cre-
ate his own space, edging his rival
out of the way in order to take the
correct course and his mount ran on
strongly to edge past his rival and
complete a double on the card for the
winning trainer who also saddled the
third. Only seven runners went to
post but the race was run at a strong
gallop and Shangani and Rebel Rebel-
lion were going head-to-head from
a long way out.
They jumped the last together but
Rebel Rebellion got away from the
last the better and seemed likely to
give Paul Nicholls a seventh win in
the race in nine years but he began
to falter in the closing stages and ulti-
mately finished a length and a quarter
behind Shangani to whom he was
conceding a stone.
Scudamore said: "Ryan s horse was
lugging and it wasn t really his fault,
but he eventually managed to pull
him round the island. I couldn t exact-
ly get round him any way, but thank-
fully he picked up again and it was
a good spare ride to have."
"It s very difficult to see where
you re going. We know the rules but
I m sure it will happen again."
The Stewards held an enquiry into
possible interference on the run in
and, having heard the evidence and
viewed recordings of the race they
found that Rebel Rebellion had inter-
fered with the winner, and found
Mahon guilty of careless riding and
suspended him for four days.
Shangani Claims Greatwood Gold
Cavalryman: Won in Dubai
Cavalry charges home
In this photo provided by the New York Racing Association, Samraat, with Jose L Ortiz aboard, captures the Gotham Stakes horse race at Aqueduct
Racetrack in New York, yesterday. AP PHOTO
SAMRAAT CAPTURES GOTHAM
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