NIGHT IN Milan looks likely to be Yorkshire’s sole hope in Saturday’s Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree (4.15pm) after 65 horses stood their ground at yesterday’s latest confirmation stage.
The Keith Reveley-trained Night In Milan is 15th on the list with a racing weight of 10st 9lbs and the 40-1 shot has long been guaranteed a run for his Saltburn handler.
The trainer’s son James Reveley has been booked for the ride but High Eldwick trainer Sue Smith will need several horses to come out of the race, even for her strongest hope Vintage Star to get a run.
With a maximum field of 40 set to face the starter, Vintage Star is 50th on the list so needs ten horses to come out while stable-mate Lackamon is down in 61st in the pecking order.
One place below Lackamon in the list is Yorkshire’s only other remaining entry, Rose Of The Moon, trained by Nawton handler David O’Meara.
Ante-post favourite Shutthefrontdoor is still in contention while David Pipe’s live outsider Soll moved up the list to guarantee a place in the line up.
While Soll will definitely make the cut having moved up to number 38 following the confirmation stage, stable companions The Package, a winner at the Cheltenham Festival last month, and Broadway Buffalo, both need defections as they sit 44th and 45th in the list respectively.
Pipe said: “It is great that Soll has made the top 40 for the Grand National on Saturday. He is an intended runner and Tom Scudamore will be on board.”
Last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere remains at the head of the weights for trainer Jim Culloty, who is also set to run Spring Heeled.
Rocky Creek is the major hope among four contenders for champion trainer Paul Nicholls.