Given that he is owned by JP McManus and trained by Jonjo O’Neill, Can’t Buy Time was seen as a formidable opponent on a racecourse. However these are not the only credentials that held Can’t Buy Time in good stead for the 2010 John Smiths Grand National.
A good run up to the 2009 Grand National, with the then seven year old winning the southwell-racecourse.co.uk Novices Handicap Chase, the Colin Wesley Celebration Handicap Chase at Huntingdon, the Mar City Developments Handicap Chase at Ascot and most impressively the totesport.com Masters Handicap Chase at Sandown, meant that quite a few were disappointed when he finished fourth, thirteen lengths behind winner Tricky Trickster who was the same weight (11-11) as him at the time, in the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup at Cheltenham.
Given his record it was then decided to let him take his chances in the National but he hit the deck at the eighteenth.
Following his Aintree outing he was raced lightly, having taken part in only the United House Gold Cup at Ascot in October, the victorchandler.com Chase in January and the Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Newbury in March.
This is perfect for Can’t Buy Time, who races better when fresh. Others might contest his abilities given that until January he had not won on ground slower than good to soft, but the victorchandler chase saw him win on soft ground. It could just be the beginning for Can’t Buy Time and while he currently has mid-range odds and not seen as a particular favourite for the 2011 title, he is certainly one to watch out for at Aintree.