Synchronised pleasing connections
Synchronised and Tony McCoy winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup
(Healy Racing Photos)
Trainer Jonjo O'Neill is waiting for owner JP McManus to decide whether to include the nine-year-old in his team for the world's most famous steeplechase.
But he believes Synchronised should be given the chance to attempt to become the first horse to win the Gold Cup and National in the same season since Golden Miller in 1934.
"This is his game, his distance - and I might never have him in this form again. The four-week gap after Cheltenham is a big advantage and he came out of it buzzing. Logically, he should run," O'Neill told The Times.
"If he'd finished second, third or fourth in the Gold Cup there wouldn't even be a discussion. But he won it and that's the thing. You just want to put him in a glass cage so nothing happens to him."
Champion jockey Tony McCoy, who ended his National hoodoo when winning on Don't Push It for McManus and O'Neill in 2010, believes the signs are right for Synchronised to run.
"Obviously the Gold Cup is a hugely difficult race to win. It's a very gruelling race," McCoy told Sky Sports News.
"Jonjo thinks that Synchronised, in the last three weeks and even more so from the Gold Cup, that he's really coming to himself more than he ever was. If that was the case it would be very difficult not to run him."
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