O’Neill considering National tilt

Synchronised may be the 8/1 favourite to win next month’s Grand National at Aintree but Jonjo O’Neill has yet to confirm the recent Cheltenham Gold Cup winner’s participation in the showpiece race.

The nine-year-old (9/4 Grand National winning age) stayed on superbly up the Cheltenham hill to upset the odds in the Betfred-sponsored feature race of the Prestbury Park Festival and win by just over two lengths.

Synchronised would have to shoulder top weight of 11st 10lb on April 14 if he was to run, having previously secured success in the Welsh and Midlands Grand Nationals as well as this year’s Lexus Chase.

However, O’Neill is keen to see how Synchronised recovers from his Gold Cup heroics before he makes his final decision over the National.

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.”

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