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Ted Walsh cautious about chances of Any Second Now in Grand National
Ted Walsh may be of the firm opinion that the weight of 11st 12lb handed to Any Second Now is beyond the capabilities of the 2022 runner-up, however the fact remains that the 11-year-old will still take his place in the Grand National in less than four weeks’ time on the back of a second victory in the Webster Cup.
Any Second Now triumphed in the 2021 Webster Cup in impressive fashion prior to coming in third behind Minella Times in the Grand National that same year. In the latest renewal of the former contest, under the guidance of Denis O’Regan, he was utterly decisive as he soared past Velvet Elvis after the final fence to win by seven lengths. On the back of this, his odds for the Grand National were shortened from a general 20/1 to 16/1.
Walsh is more than satisfied as to where he has this strong stayer right now, however he is still being realistic about his chances in the National whilst lugging around topweight.
He said: “He did it nicely and didn’t do any more than he had to. Denis was very happy with him. He popped away nicely, got under the last a bit, but when he grabbed hold of him after the last he quickened up well.