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Milan: the Coolmore jumps sire is in red hot form

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All three Milan runners at Newton Abbot win

COOLMORE jumps sire Milan achieved a remarkable treble at Newton Abbot on Monday, when all of his three offspring on the racecard won their respective assignments.

Alla Svelta got the ball rolling when landing the 2m1f maiden hurdle by ten lengths.

The Evan Williams-trained Alla Svelta had finished runner-up on his previous two starts over hurdles.

The five-year-old gelding is out of Miss Greinton, winner of the Slovakian 1,000 Guineas and a daughter of triple Grade 1 winner Greinton, who was one of Europe's oldest active stallions when he died in Germany in September aged 29.

Bred in Ireland by Barry Tierney, he hails from the brilliant German 'M' family of Majoritat and Monsun. His year-older brother Gran Torino was placed in bumpers three times before winning a maiden hurdle.

The middle leg of the double was brought up by Milo Milan, who broke his duck at the fourth try with a near four-length victory in the 2m1f novices' handicap hurdle.

Although six-year-old Milo Milan is the first foal out of the Be My Native mare Simply Divine (an Irish point winner), he is the dam's third winner. Be My Light, his year-younger half-brother by Oscar, won a novice handicap hurdle in January and Be My Present won his bumper on his debut at Kempton on Saturday.

Simply Divine is a sister to seven-time hurdles winner Graffiti Tongue and a half-sister to six-time winning hurdler Lantern Leader.

Milan's Newton Abbot treble was completed by Themilanhorse, who won the 2m1f bumper comfortably by five lengths.

Themilanhorse, a five-year-old gelding trained by Paul Nicholls, is the second foal produced by the unraced Supreme Leader mare Sports Leader.

Sports Leader is a half-sister to bumper and hurdle winners Golden Child and Knockavilla, from the family of top jumpers Ned Kelly and Nick Dundee.

Themilanhorse was bred in Ireland by Michael Heskin.

Milan, who stands at Grange Stud at a fee of €5,000, is riding the crest of a wave. He also sired Lambro, winner of a maiden hurdle at Naas on Sunday, and Malt Master, who topped the DBS Festivals National Hunt Sale at £155,000 on Saturday.








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