2021 Grand National bronze medalist Any Second Now is the current favourite for next year’s renewal of National Hunt’s most popular race.
His April conqueror, Minella Times, is just slightly longer on the exchanges at the moment despite proving too strong for his 39 rivals on Merseyside last campaign for Henry de Bromhead.
Duel-winner of the contest Tiger Roll is still a prominent figure for next season’s clash despite bypassing the 2021 edition, instead opting for the Grade 1 Betway Bowl, but connections may yet switch to the Saturday feature if able to carry his Cheltenham Festival form into his 12th year.
He is followed in the market by fellow Denise Foster-trained and Gigginstown House Stud-owned Farclas, who claimed fifth under Jack Kennedy this year.
Welsh National victor Secret Reprieve, who missed out on a crack at the English equivalent and a bid to land a British double, pips Pail Nicholls’s Next Destination in the eyes of the bookmakers with another nine months left to wait until the next chapter in the history of racing’s most savored race is written.