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Synchronised gets hero's return after Gold Cup win

Synchronised won the Cheltenham Gold Cup Credit: PA

Synchronised, will get a hero's return to Temple Guiting in Gloucestershire after yesterday's triumph at Cheltenham.

The 8-1 shot ridden by Tony McCoy, won the Cheltenham Gold Cup as two-time victor Kauto Star was pulled up in the early stages.

Jonjo O'Neill, who is based at Jackdaws Castle in Temple Guiting, is celebrating his first Gold Cup win as a trainer. He said:

"He flowered in the last few days and it was spot-on timing. It's fantastic to win it as a trainer."

Kauto trainer says horse 'fine'

Somerset-based trainer Paul Nicholls said Kauto Star, whose participation in the Gold Cup was in jeopardy following a schooling fall a fortnight ago, had returned from the race unscathed.

He said: "He's absolutely fine.

"Ruby wasn't happy after he'd jumped a couple of fences and we said if he wasn't happy to pull him up, and he's done the right thing.

"There's obviously something tweaking him."

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