O’Neill hoping for Synchronised National bid

Trainer Jonjo O’Neill is desperate for Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised to run in next week’s Grand National as he believes he may never be in such good form again (Synchronised 8/1 favourite to win the Grand National).

O’Neill is waiting for owner JP McManus to decide whether to let the nine-year-old run in the Aintree steeplechase on Saturday.

If he does give Synchronised the nod then he will be attempting to become the first horse to win both the Gold Cup and National in the same season since Golden Miller in 1934.

O’Neill recognises it will be a tough challenge for Synchronised to complete a famous double but given his recent form and with champion jockey and 2010 National winner Tony McCoy set to be on board, he feels he may never have a better chance for Aintree glory.

“This is his game, his distance – and I might never have him in this form again,” said O’Neill.

“The four-week gap after Cheltenham is a big advantage and he came out of it buzzing. Logically, he should run.

“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.”

Betfred currently has Junior as 10/1 second favourite behind Synchronised for the famous race with the Willie Mullins-trained On His Own third favourite at 12/1.

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