|Synchronised Favourite to Add Grand National to Cheltenham Gold Cup Title|
Cheltenham Gold Cup victor Synchronised is being hotly tipped to win the Grand National this weekend and become the first horse in 78 years to win the two main steeplechase races in the same season.
The J P McManus owned horse is available at 15/2 with Paddy Power and is being fancied by a large number of punters in the week leading up to the race. 16 time champion jockey Tony McCoy is set to ride Synchronised once again. The last horse to win both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National in the same season was Golden Miller back in 1934.
2011 winner Ballabriggs is also one of the favourites entering Saturday’s race at Aintree. The Donald McCain trained horse is set to be ridden by Jason Maguire and is available with bet365 at 10/1.
Racing manager Michael Meagher spoke of Ballabriggs "It would be amazing if he could do it again. It's a big ask, but he has got a chance."
Chicago Grey is also another horse being tipped by the professionals to make an impact at this year’s race. The horse owned by John Earls is only listed at 16/1 with Bet Victor but pundits believe this could be his year.
BBC’s Ian Bartlett said “The top-class Irish combination of trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Paul Carberry are represented by Chicago Grey. In an ultra-competitive year, he should have enough to gain a narrow success.”
The 40 horse field was confirmed yesterday. The favourite for the race, Prince De Beauchene, was forced to withdraw earlier this week due to a stress fracture of the hip.
Nicky Henderson’s Shakalakaboomboom is being picked up by a number of punters for his name alone. He is available with Stan James at 20/1 which makes him a prime selection for an each way bet.
West End Rocker at 12/1, Junior at 14/1 and On His Own at 14/1 are all available with Totesport and are horses that are also being chosen to perform well at this year’s Grand National. All of the focus and attention remains on Synchronised and Ballabriggs as both horses attempt to create racing history on the steeplechase’s biggest stage.
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