Talking Horses: Any Second Now can win second Grand National for Walsh

By: Greg Wood Saturday 10 April 2021

Trainer who won with Papillon in 2000 has runner who looks set to improve for marathon trip in Aintree spectacular

Betting odds are mischievous beasts at the best of times, and never more so than when 40 runners go to post for the Grand National, Britain’s annual flutter on the gee-gees. For weeks, the prices have been shouting that Jonjo O’Neill’s Cloth Cap is the horse most likely to win on Saturday evening. And whispering too that in the final reckoning, the chances are he probably won’t.

Overnight odds of around 5-1, in fact, suggest there is an 80-85% chance that one of the other 39 runners will beat him, but there are so many positives attached to Cloth Cap’s profile that this can be easy to forget. His form, age, weight and connections are all impeccable, but he is subject to the vagaries of chance just like any other runner.

Related: Grand National 2021: horse-by-horse guide to all the runners

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