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Synchronised - Leopardstown 28.12.2011

Synchronised winning his first Grade 1 in the Lexus Chase in December

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Synchronised trimmed for Gold Cup glory

SYNCHRONISED has been cut to 9-1 (from 16) by BetVictor to upset the big two Kauto Star and Long Run in Friday's Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Not seen since winning the Lexus Chase - his first Grade 1 triumph - at Leopardstown in December, Synchronised will be ridden by Tony McCoy in the festival showpiece and has been cut for victory.

Paddy Power go 10-1 (from 14) and trainer Jonjo O'Neill is optimistic of a good performance.

O'Neill, who trains the nine-year-old for JP McManus, said: "He puts a lot into his races and needs time to recover afterwards and we have given him that. He has been freshened up at home and seems very well in himself so we are keeping everything crossed that he runs a big race."

Last year's Gold Cup winner Long Run is the 2-1 favourite, while Kauto Star, bidding for his third success, is around the 4-1 mark.

BetVictor will refund losing win bets on the runner-up in the Gold Cup up to £50 if Kauto Star wins the race.

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