Synchronised has been handed top weight for the 2012 Grand National at Aintree on April 14.

The Lexus Chase winner at Leopardstown will have to carry 11st 10lb if he is to run in the 4m4f contest where there will be 30 fences for him and his rivals to jump in Merseyside.

Last year’s winner Ballabriggs is aiming to do what no horse has done since Red Rum in 1974 when he won back-to-back renewals of the race. If Donald McCain’s runner is the successful he will have to carry 11st 9lbs on his back, 9lbs more than in 2011. People placing an online horse racing bet should remember this.

David Pipe’s Junior is the horse that heads the market at this early stage. The nine-year old won the Kim Muir Challenge Cup at the Cheltenham Festival last year but failed to make it into the 40-runner field last season. Unless connections decide against a shot at the big race, it looks very likely that Junior will line up this time around for the famous steeplechase race.

Mon Mome is another former winner that is set for return for another shot. Venetia Williams’ runner will carry 10st 8lbs this time, 2lbs less than when he won the race in 2009 after going off at 100/1.

The final declaration for the maximum 40-runner field this year is on April 12, but there are also two scratching deadlines on February 28 and March 20.
A high quality field line-up is expected in April which could include the Charlie Hall Chase winner Weird Al, Argento Chase victor Midnight Chase and West End Rocker who was successful in the Becher Handicap at Aintree earlier in the season.

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