Tony McCoy rocked by Synchronised death

Tony McCoy
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Tony McCoy reveals that the death of Synchronised has hit him and all of the horse's connections hard.

Tony McCoy has revealed that he and all of Synchronised's connections have been hit hard by the horse's death at the Grand National.

With McCoy in the saddle, the ante-post favourite and Gold Cup winner was put down after breaking his leg in a fall in the four mile, four furlong race.

Along with the loss of According to Pete, Synchronised's death has raised further concerns about the safety of the Aintree course and McCoy has admitted it has been a painful experience.

"It is no understatement to say that he was one of our favourite horses, and that's not just because he won a Gold Cup," McCoy said in his Daily Telegraph column.

"It has hit the whole team - from [owner] JP McManus and his family, who bred him, to Jonjo O'Neill and the team at [O'Neill's yard] Jackdaw's Castle, as well as me - very hard.

"The loss of any horse is painful, but it makes it all the more painful because he was such a great horse. What happened is still unclear to all of us, but losing any horse remains the toughest, saddest part of the job of being a jockey."

The race was won by Paul Nicholls-trained horse Neptune Collonges, who pipped Sunnyhillboy by a nose in a photo finish.

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