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By Billy Blakeman ValueChecker

AP Completes Full Sweep of Nationals on Synchronised
09/01/11

1 Synchronised 5/1
2 Giles Cross 12/1
3 I'moncloudnine 16/1
4 Ballyfitz 8/1
NR: Eric's Charm (FR), Theatre Dance (IRE)
18 ran Distances: 2¾l, 9l, ½l
TIME 7m 53.70s (slow by 27.70s)

The Jonjo O’Neil trained Synchronised helped AP McCoy complete a grand slam of National victories in the re-scheduled, Coral-sponsored, Welsh National at Chepstow on Saturday 8th January. AP now joins Ruby Walsh as the only current rider to have lifted the Nationals of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Synchronised
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Synchronised

The sponsors now make Synchronised the 14-1 favourite for the John Smith's Grand National itself with Sky Bet 20-1 but AP warned; "He took a long time to learn how to jump normal fences and he doesn't jump out at me as a typical National horse. He might take to it, he might not. This was the ideal race for him, three miles five furlongs round here on soft ground. I don't know if he has the scope for the Grand National fences, but he did jump better today than he has ever done."

In third was the selection of the author, I'moncloudnine, whose trainer Neil Mulholland said: "He ran a cracker as the ground was maybe a bit testing today. I'd love to get him to Aintree if I could."

 

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Synchronised
Jonjo O'Neill
A P McCoy
11st 6lbs
5 - 1
Winner
2
Giles Cross
V R A Dartnall
Harry Skelton
10st 2lbs
12 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
3
I'moncloudnine
N P Mulholland
D C Costello
10st 3lbs
16 - 1
9 lengths
4
Ballyfitz
N A Twiston-Davies
David England
10st 4lbs
8 - 1
1/2 length
5
Maktu
P G Murphy
Michael Murphy
10st 6lbs
9 - 2
11 lengths
6
Watamu Bay
P F Nicholls
Mr R Mahon
11st 3lbs
8 - 1
Head
7
Silver By Nature
Miss Lucinda V Russell
P Buchanan
11st 12lbs
18 - 1
1 1/2 length
8
Ballyfoy
Jamie Poulton
Matthew Batchelor
10st 6lbs
20 - 1
Neck
9
Exmoor Ranger
V R A Dartnall
Denis O'Regan
11st 1lbs
16 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
10
Dashing George
Dr R D P Newland
L Treadwell
10st 0lbs
33 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
11
Flight Leader
C L Tizzard
A Coleman
10st 0lbs
50 - 1
1 length
PulledUp
Dream Alliance
P J Hobbs
T J O'Brien
11st 7lbs
28 - 1
PulledUp
Arbor Supreme
W P Mullins
R P McLernon
10st 13lbs
16 - 1
Refused
Dance Island
B I Case
C Poste
10st 7lbs
10 - 1
PulledUp
Royal Rosa
J Howard Johnson
B Hughes
10st 2lbs
25 - 1
PulledUp
Magic Sky
M F Harris
Jake Greenall
10st 2lbs
28 - 1
Fell
Bench Warrent
C J Mann
Peter Toole
10st 0lbs
20 - 1
PulledUp
Old Benny
A King
W Hutchinson
10st 0lbs
14 - 1
NonRunner
Eric's Charm
O Sherwood
2nd Preference
11st 0lbs
-
NonRunner
Theatre Dance
D W P Arbuthnot
T J Murphy
10st 0lbs
-
       

 

Maktu
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Maktu

HAYDOCK NEXT FOR 'FRESH' MAKTU

Maktu is set to bid for redemption in the Peter Marsh Chase following his defeat as favourite in the Coral Welsh National.

Pat Murphy's nine-year-old was sent off the 9-2 market leader for the Chepstow marathon but after racing keenly early on, he faded out of the finish to be fifth.

Murphy is now eyeing a swift return for his lightly-raced inmate, and Haydock on January 22 is on the agenda.

"He's come out of Saturday's race in good form and although I've still to speak to the owners, I think we will enter him for the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock," said Murphy.

"He was just a bit too fresh and well. That was the problem with having just one run before as he missed a race at Chepstow on December 4 and I really needed it for him.

"In the short term, we will look at the Peter Marsh for him and then probably enter him for the totesport.com National Trial at Haydock next month (February 19)."

Despite Maktu featuring among the leading stayers this term, Murphy has no plans to head to Aintree this year, although a crack at the John Smith's Grand National is on the cards for 2012.

He added: "The long-term plan would be to go back for the Welsh National again in December, but Aintree isn't on the agenda until 2012, not 2011."

 

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