Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised has taken a step towards a rare double by remaining among the 59 entries for the Grand National on 14th April.
The Jonjo O’Neill-trained horse may become the first in 78 years to capture British steeplechasing’s two biggest races in the same season.
Golden Miller is the sole horse to have achieved the Gold Cup-Grand National double in the identical season, in 1934.
The sole other horse to triumph in both was L’Escargot, winner of the Gold Cup in 1970 and 1971, who went on to beat the nice Red Rum into second in the 1975 National.
O’Neill has elebrated his 1st Gold Cup as a trainer on Friday, twenty six years on from riding Dawn Run to victory.
Champion jockey Tony McCoy rode the 8-1 shot to victory at Cheltenham ahead of fifty-one outsider The Giant Bolster and the defending champion Long Run, the seven-four favourite.
Synchronised is already joint favourite with Junior at regarding 10-1 with some British bookmakers for the four-and-a-0.5-mile race at Aintree.
Eighteen horses were taken out of the race at Tuesday’s scratchings stage – Quantitativeeasing, Scotsirish, Tartak, Hector’s Choice, Massini’s Maguire, Hold On Julio, Crescent Island, Niche Market, Stewarts House, Uncle Junior, Fair Along, Shakervilz, Wymott, Backstage, Some Target, Schindler’s Gold, King Fontaine and Minella Theatre.
A maximum field of 40 horses can line up for the big race.