Currency on course for Festival

Martin Keighley expects Any Currency to be much more competitive on his next start in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Any Currency is fancied to go well back under ideal conditions

Although pulling up over regulation fences at Prestbury Park on New Year's Day, the 14-year-old showed that he still retains plenty of enthusiasm when finishing third on his switch back to cross country obstacles at the end of last month.

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The veteran chaser, who finished second in both the 2014 and 2015 renewal of the race, was stripped of his win in the three-mile-seven-furlong conditions event 12 months ago after testing positive for a prohibited substance.

Keighley said: "He was obviously not fully wound up for the race last time, but it was a decent run. Richard Johnson was buzzing about him giving him a great feeling.

"He jumped great, but he just said that he found the ground a bit soft when they came on to the proper track.

"That performance would have put him spot on for March. He is just a different horse around that track."

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