Night In Milan emerged victorious in the William Hill Grimthorpe Chase on Saturday afternoon, ridden by James Reveley and trained by dad Keith.
Night In Milan, a regular on Town Moor, was right at the head of affairs throughout and gradually drew clear up the home straight with some precise and enthusiastic jumps to score at 14/1, beating home the fast-finishing Storm Survivor with Renard back in third.
Night In Milan is entered in the Grand National but is unlikely to get in, so the Topham Chase at Aintree over the National fences at the same meeting could be the better option.
The Reveley team secured a double on the day after winning the opening race with Victor Hewgo who, after jumping slightly sticky through the first half of the race, really flew the last six fences to beat Cowards Close by eleven lengths. He is a nice type who needs good ground to perform to his best and looks a nice type to continue following going forward.
The most exciting finish of the day was certainly in the 2.55 race, a two mile handicap chase, in which Doeslessthanme prevailed in a terrific duel with Turn Over Sivola.
This tussle lasted the whole way up the home straight with no more than a length in it at any stage.
Recent course winner Simply Ned closed in as well after two-out and at the line, the trio were separated by only a length.
Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty both left with doubles after the comfortable wins of Mayfair Music in the Listed Mares Novice Hurdle and Tistory, who laughed and toyed with his rivals in the later novice hurdle.
Renee Robeson’s grey Dawn Commander was a very popular winner of the three mile handicap hurdle under Joshua Moore and Aiaam Al Namoos took the closing bumper after just over a year off the track for John Wade and John Dawson.
After racing, we hosted a well-attended Cheltenham Preview Evening which hopefully gave plenty of clues and winners for the big four days.
We’re welcoming back Flat racing on March 29 with the William Hill Lincoln, with the two-day meeting featuring a Mother’s Day Family Fun Day on the Sunday. For raceday tickets or more information, visit www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk.