He may just have won the much coveted 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup but connections for Synchronised have not ruled out the possibility that he could still go to Aintree for the 2012 Grand National on April 14th.
And before you run out and stick the house on him winning it bare in mind that only one horse in history has ever won both the Gold Cup and the Grand national in the same year and that was Golden Miller.
Golden Miller (1927–1957) was a thoroughbred racehorse who is the most successful Cheltenham Gold Cup horse ever, having won the race in five consecutive years between 1932 and 1936. He also is the only horse to have won both of the United Kingdom’s premier steeplechase races – the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National in the same year (1934).
Despite the almost insurmountable task of winning both in the same year, Synchronised is still only 8/1 with Paddy Power but is also the heaviest weighted horse in the race on 11-10, which in itself is an almost impossible weight to win with. In fact you have to go back to 1950 to find a winner carrying a heavier weight – Freebooter on 11-11. Even Red Rum only carried 11-08 on his last win!
However, while trainer Jonjo O’Neill has not dismissed the possibility of running, he is keen to see how the horse recovers from his exertions before mapping out a plan.
O’Neill said: “He looks OK. He’s in the National but it’s too early to say at the moment. I’ll have to have a conversation with Frank Berry (racing manager for owner JP McManus).
“We will probably have more of an idea how he’s come out of the race after the weekend. He’s eaten up and he’s looking well.”
If you still think Synchronised can do the dream double then get him at 8/1.