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Any Currency - Ascot 20.11.09

Any Currency: "too nice a horse to risk" says trainer Martin Keighley

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National hope Any Currency misses out

PROMISING staying chaser Any Currency, who is as short as 25-1 for the John Smith's Grand National, will miss the rest of the season after trainer Martin Keighley's vet advised a curtailed campaign would be for the best.

The consistent eight-year-old, quoted at 14-1 for the Coral Welsh National before it was rescheduled for Saturday, was withdrawn from that race with a leg injury that also prevented him from running at Cheltenham in December.

"Any Currency's leg problem, which forced me to scrap him from the Welsh National a few weeks ago, hasn't totally gone away," Keighley wrote on his blog.

"Our vet Jeremy Swan thinks it is safest to finish him for the season to ensure we can have a strong, fit horse to enjoy a full campaign with next season, with the aim again being the Grand National.

"He is still young and is too nice a horse to risk. He can have a decent break."

Any Currency was last seen finishing second to the progressive Midnight Chase at Cheltenham in November.

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