NIGHT In Milan can strengthen his Crabbie’s Grand National claims by landing another Betbright Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster tomorrow (3.45pm).
Keith Reveley’s Saltburn-based staying chaser was 14-1 when landing the same race with ease last year and we’ll be lucky to get half those odds this time.
However, a likely big field should still mean odds of around the 7s marker and Night In Milan continues to go from strength to strength based on his excellent third in Doncaster’s SkyBet Chase last time.
The nine-year-old led up the home straight only to give way to Baileys Concerto and If In Doubt but the winner was evidently very well-handicapped and Baileys Concerto is a decent animal in his own right.
Furthermore, Night In Milan’s mark has remained unchanged and he is fancied to go in again unless conditions turn on the slow side. Reveley’s raider is actually only 10lbs higher than when winning the race last year and 10lbs extra might not have stopped him last year, let alone allowing for the fact that he has improved again given his conditions.
Tomorrow’s track and trip are evidently just the job for him and with the ground at Doncaster good yesterday little rain forecast, he is a reasonably confident pick unless something unexposed pops out of the woodwork.
There’s also the temptation to look for something unexposed in Newbury’s feature – the Greatwood Gold Cup Chase at 3.25pm. But it may be that solid top weight Sound Investment sets an insurmountable standard for Paul Nicholls.
Lingfield, meanwhile, stage tomorrow’s all-weather action and Gold Trail looks the best bet there (3.30pm).
He’s on a four-timer, is trained by Charlie Appleby, is at the right end of the weights and is ridden by Ryan Moore.
That will do for me.