Golden Miller remains the only horse in history to have completed the double of winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National in the same season back in 1934, but this does not completely write off the chances of Synchronised emulating this result.
Synchronised odds boosted by lenient Grand National weight
Because the Grand National weights were allocated before the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the handicapper could not be sure as to the true level of Synchronised’s form. His official rating was considered to be 161 and because of this he was handed the top weight of 11st10lb.
However, as a reaction to his Cheltenham victory, his rating has been upped to 167, meaning that he is effectively 6lb lower at Aintree than what he theoretically should be. Therefore, if he repeats the level of form that saw him win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, he must go close in the Grand National.
Meanwhile, although the Cheltenham Gold Cup is run over 1m less than the Grand National, there should be no doubts that he has the stamina to match his speed. Synchronised has not only triumphed in the Midlands National, but is a two-time winner of the Welsh National, which is run over 4m2f.
McCoy booking enhances Grand National chances of Synchronised
Tony McCoy partnered Synchronised to victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and he would almost certainly ride again at Aintree. Synchronised is in good hands as the combination of trainer Jonjo O’Neill and jockey McCoy teamed up to win the Grand National as recently as 2010 with Don’t Push It, while the same horse took third last year.