Milan set for hurdles outing

Evan Williams intends to give One In A Milan another sharpener over hurdles ahead of a possible crack at the Crabbie's Grand National.

The Llancarfan trainer feels his hope for this year's Aintree showpiece needs to go to the track again after he was beaten 53 lengths in sixth place behind Buddy Bolero in a Pertemps hurdle series qualifier at Chepstow.

That was his first run since he was fourth to Mountainous in the Coral Welsh Grand National in late December.

"He's grand, but he only just got warmed up when he got to the winning post," said Williams.

"He could have done with another three miles. I might give him another run over hurdles to sharpen him up because he's the laziest horse I've ever had in my life."

One In A Milan still has some way to go to get a place in the maximum 40-runner field in the world's greatest steeplechase on April 5, but he did move up to number 65 in the list from 73 after the first acceptance stage.