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Synchronised: cut to 6-1 Saturday's Coral Welsh National by the sponsor

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Synchronised cut to end McCoy's Welsh hoodoo

BOOKMAKERS believe Tony McCoy is increasingly likely to be celebrating a first success in the CoralWelsh National on Saturday with his intended mount Synchronised on Sunday hardening in the sponsor's ante-post market.

Already triumphant in one National having landed the Midlands version in April, the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Synchronised was cut to 6-1 from 7-1 by Coral.

Coral spokesman David Stevens said: "AP McCoy has said the Coral Welsh National is the one remaining big race he would like to win, and as far as punters are concerned, his wish could be granted next weekend, and Synchronised is likely to be sent off hot favourite with the Sports Personality of the Year on his back."

There will, however, be no-one on the back of Lochan Lacha, who had been a 12-1 shot with Coral only to be ruled out of the race on Sunday by Irish trainer Tony Martin.

Compatriot Becauseicouldntsee, second in last week's Paddy Power Chase, also looks likely to stay at home with trainer Noel Glynn describing his entry as "90 per cent" certain not to run.

More positive news emerged from the camp of last season's second Silver By Nature, who will seek to go one place better for trainer Lucinda Russell, who said: "All is okay with Silver By Nature and he remains on course for the race, where he will have plenty of weight to carry."

The likelihood of him being able to carry it on Saturday seemed relatively high on Sunday with the Met Office more enthusiastic than Chepstow about the weather forecast.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Snow looks unlikely and the end of the week should be dry. It will be colder than average for the time of the year but, although there will be a risk of frost, the temperatures should not be anything like as bad as we've had in recent weeks."

More cautious, Chepstow clerk of the course Keith Ottesen said: "We need to sit tight and hope. I won't make any predictions and I can't say we are completely free of risk, but we are very keen to get the meeting on and the track is under covers.

"There could be a frost on Thursday night and there is also some moisture on the horizon for the end of the week with rain and snow both possible."

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