AP McCoy won the Grand National for the first time in 2010 aboard Don’t Push It, sporting the colours of JP McManus.
History could be about to repeat itself two years on as McCoy is set to get the leg up on the well-supported Synchronised – the horse he won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on in March, as Stan James offer long odds of 8/1 and a free bet worth £10 for all punters to spend on the big race.
In what was a far from vintage renewal of the Cheltenham showpiece, Jonjo O’Neill had his charge spot on for the race and the nine-year-old showed great guts rather than class to land the race in front of the 66-1 shot The Giant Bolster.
Synchronised is not your usual Gold Cup winner, in the fact his game is focused more on determination and heart rather than your traditional Gold Cup classy-type of winner that jumps impeccably and is built like a brick wall.
His type of racing was always going to suit the trials and tribulations of a Grand National rather than a Gold Cup, so it’s no surprise to see the horse now ante-post favourite for the National as is he is likely to be 6lbs well-in following the Cheltenham win.
The history books are against McCoy’s ride from landing the National however, as Golden Miller in 1934 was the last horse to win chasing’s two biggest prizes in the same season.
Such is the unlikeliness of a horse doing the double, Master Oats was the last to even attempt the Gold Cup-Grand National double all the way back in 1995. After winning the Cheltenham showpiece by 15 lengths he then couldn’t quite win the National, finishing a creditable fifth.
Since Golden Miller though, the closest any of come to the prestigious double was Garrison Savannah in 1991, who narrowly won at Cheltenham before finishing a brilliant second at Aintree.
As mentioned though, Synchronised will be more suited to Aintree rather than Cheltenham and if any horse is capable of joining Golden Miller in the record books, Synchronised could be the one to achieve it.