IT was nine years ago yesterday that Synchronised won the Gold Cup at Cheltenham, and it is 11 years ago today that he won the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter.

It is improbable that there is another Synchronised lurking in today’s Marston’s 61 Deep Midlands Grand National field, but Time To Get Up represents the Jonjo O’Neill/JP McManus team for whom Synchronised excelled, and he is a worthy favourite.