Synchronised 8/1 to repeat Gold Cup success in 2013

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Synchronised is now 8/1 to make it back-to-back Cheltenham Gold Cup victories next season after outstaying all of the opposition to land a big gamble from each-way punters.

The finale proved a bit of an anti climax as Kauto Star was pulled up relatively early on, with jockey Ruby Walsh indicating that the horse was never travelling.

After starting up with the pace, the 12-year-old was soon back pedalling and it would be no surprise if he was now retired after a record-breaking career.

With Weird Al struggling out the back, it seemed that the race was there for the taking for favourite and defending champion Long Run, who looked to be travelling supremely well around the inside.

However, The Giant Bolster was running a big race in front and Tony McCoy was just beginning to caress Synchronised into contention after being allowed to switch off in the rear early on.

By the second-last, the challenges of Burton Port and Time For Rupert were over and McCoy sent Synchronised to the front, knowing that the horse was not going to get caught short for stamina, having won the Welsh National already this season in heavy conditions.

The Giant Bolster was a gallant runner up, while it is back to the drawing board for Long Run after what has been a largely disappointing season.

Long Run is also 8/1 to win the 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup and the horse certainly has age on his side, while allowing Barry Geraghty to ride instead of amateur Sam Waley-Cohen is an option that may be taken up.

It is the winner of the Jewson Novices Chase Sir Des Champ that heads the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting at 5/1 and he is currently unbeaten in seven starts, while Bobs Worth is another at 8/1 after winning the RSA Chase, which is the novice equivalent to the Gold Cup.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.