Grand National 2012: Synchronised is a National horse, says McCoy

Tony McCoy, Synchronised and Jonjo O'Neill

JOHN SMITH'S GRAND NATIONAL

Venue:
Aintree
Date:
12-14 April
Grand National:
1615 BST, Saturday
Live BBC TV and website (UK users):
Thursday 1340-1630, Friday 1345-1630, Saturday 1300-1710 BST
BBC Radio 5 live coverage:
Big-race commentaries. Preview Thursday 1930-2100 BST

Tony McCoy believes Gold Cup winner Synchronised has always been regarded as more of a Grand National horse.

The Jonjo O'Neill-trained top weight is aiming to become the first horse since Golden Miller in 1934 to follow a Gold Cup victory with a Grand National win.

"If you said a year ago he had chance of winning the Gold Cup then people would have laughed," Synchronised jockey McCoy told BBC Radio 5 live.

"Jonjo was always thought he was more of a Grand National horse."

And on the rare double: "Why not. Look, life is about being different. In this case, it's about doing things people haven't done before and have not done in long time."

The Gold Cup in March was billed as a straight duel between Kauto Star and Long Run, but when the former pulled up, McCoy produced one of the great rides in recent years to guide Synchronised to victory.

"The thing with the Gold Cup was about keeping him in contention," added McCoy, whose horse was only sixth approaching the final furlongs.

"I thought from a long way out he was going to win because he was close enough.

"He has great stamina and a will to win. He has more heart than abilty and talent, and that's what you need to win the National.

"The Grand National is different because the fences are different. You need a lot of luck. He's only running in Grand National because we want him to win."

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