Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Grand National at Aintree: Every horse rated

SYNCHRONISED (Trainer, Jonjo O'Neill) No horse has won this great race after lifting the Cheltenham Gold Cup since Golden Miller in 1934, though Garrison Savannah went close in 1991. However, unlike most Gold Cup winners, Synchronised has already proven his liking for a serious test of stamina by winning the Welsh and Midlands Nationals. He has his own way of jumping but provided he takes to the place, he looks certain to make his presence felt. Ground looks ideal and 7lb well-in at the weights. Rating 10 (out of 10).
BALLABRIGGS (Donald McCain) Red Rum was the last horse to win back-to-back renewals in 1973 and 1974 and it would be a dream come true for the trainer if he could emulate the feat of his late father, Ginger. Unlike many of his rivals, the 11-year-old has been campaigned with only this race in mind all season, finishing fourth at Kelso in the same race in which he placed second during the last campaign. Given how ably he navigated the course 12 months ago, he is expected to finish in the money at least. 9.
NEPTUNE EQUESTER (Brian Ellison) Started off the season in good form, but recent results have been less inspiring and it seems the handicapper possibly has his measure. Not out of the question he could improve over these fences, but he needs to in a big way. 2.

We profile every runner in tomorrow's big race at Aintree.

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