Tony McCoy wins Cheltenham Gold Cup on Jonjo O’Neill-trained Synchronised

Tony McCoy on Synchronised celebrates his win in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Tony McCoy on Synchronised celebrates his win in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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TONY McCoy landed his second Cheltenham Gold Cup as he guided Synchronised to a dramatic win.

The 8-1 shot, owned by JP McManus and trained by Jonjo O’Neill, only took the lead after jumping the last.

He galloped on strongly to head The Giant Bolster (50-1) and strike by two and a quarter lengths, with last year’s winner Long Run, the 7-4 favourite, only third - another three-quarters of a length away.

Dual winner Kauto Star was pulled up at the ninth fence by Ruby Walsh after losing his place, though was given a clean bill of health after the race.

McCoy said: “It’s great for Jonjo and JP McManus.

“He’s really delivered today.

“He was off the bridle the whole way and when I missed the third-last I thought my chance had gone.”

McCoy, who was securing his second Gold Cup victory after Mr Mulligan struck in 1997, added: “He’s an amazing horse and it was an amazing performance.

“I’m so pleased to win it for JP as he’s been so good to me.

“Jonjo has done an incredible job. I’ve got a Grand National and a Gold Cup out of the man and I love him to bits.”

O’Neill, who was securing his first Gold Cup as a trainer, said: “AP was brilliant on him, he knows him so well.

“He only came right in last 10 days or so and we weren’t really confident.

“He flowered in the last few days and it was spot-on timing.”