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Festival winner Any Second Now among Irish National contenders

Any Second Now powers up the Cheltenham hill to win the the Kim Muir Challenge Cup

Ted Walsh’s Cheltenham Festival winner Any Second Now features among a maximum field of 30 declared for the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse.

The seven-year-old landed a gamble in the Kim Muir Challenge Cup, and is the ante-post favourite to give Walsh a second triumph in Easter Monday’s race after Commanche Court in 2000.

Gordon Elliott’s team of 12 includes last year’s winner General Principle and is completed by Dounikos, Jury Duty, Shattered Love, A Toi Phil, Monbeg Notorious, Blow By Blow, Woods Well, Out Sam, Gun Digger, Roaring Bull and Measureofmydreams.

Isleofhopendreams, second in 2018, is one of seven representing Willie Mullins – along with Pairofbrowneyes, Total Recall, Acapella Bourgeois, C’est Jersey, Burrows Saint and Bellow Mome.

Edward Cawley’s Forever Gold will try to improve on his third place last spring – while the weights are headed by Tout Est Permis, winner of his last three starts for Noel Meade.

There are just two runners from Britain – Jonjo O’Neill’s Minella Rocco and Kimberlite Candy from Tom Lacey’s stable.

The three reserves are Oscar Knight, Fitzhenry and Scoir Mear.

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