Racing: Snurge last in Milan

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SNURGE, the only British- trained challenger for yesterday's Gran Premio di Milano, failed to act on the fast going and finished last of the eight runners, but Walter Swinburn failed only narrowly in the Group One contest, his mount Petit Loup going down by a short neck to Platini.

Platini hit the front two furlongs out, but had to fight all the way to the line to hold off Criquette Head's runner. Guado d'Anibale, in third, was the first Italian-trained runner home.

British stables had more luck on the supporting card. John Dunlop saddled Fumo Di Londra (Willie Carson) to an easy win in the Listed Premio Bimbi, and Smarginato completed a double for the trainer and jockey in the Listed Premio d'Estate, while Paul Kelleway's Parnaso took a two-year-old maiden.

The stewards suspended Michael Kinane for four days (29 June to 2 July) for his ride on Futurballa, runner-up to Smarginato. Futurballa's saddle slipped as he was leaving the stalls and Kinane was struggling to keep him straight throughout the race, but close home he hung right and hampered the eventual fourth, Maori. The Irish champion is expected to appeal.

Lester Piggott rode a short- priced treble at Freudenau, Vienna, but his only other mount, Canton Judge, the favourite for the Austrian Derby, had to be withdrawn after a false start. That left the way clear for Barry Hills's Zimzalabim (Darryll Holland) to score an easy seven- length victory.