Milan head shot

Improving Son Of Milan Takes Novice Hurdle

The Dan Skelton-trained Reilly (6g Milan - Flowers On Sunday, by Presenting) built on previous promise to land Tuesday’s Novices’ Hurdle at Wetherby.

The €85,000 store finished second on his first two starts over hurdles and was reunited with Harry Skelton at Wetherby, where he chased the leaders for much of the way. Producing a challenge at the third last, he leapt into the lead at the penultimate flight and was ridden out to score by four and a quarter lengths.

Owned by John J Reilly, the son of Milan was bred by Oliver Loughlin out of a half-sister to Grade 1 Royal Bond Hurdle winner Quick Grabim (Oscar).