Tony McCoy has doubts whether Synchronised is a good enough jumper to provide him with a second Aintree Grand National title, but the stayer has done enough for the champion's career already by providing him with a first success in the Chepstow version.
In winning the Coral Welsh National by just under three lengths, McCoy was able to complete a full set of the marathon handicaps, adding to his previous successes in the English, Irish and Scottish equivalents.
The Jonjo O'Neill-trained Synchronised (5-1) looked strong and it appeared inevitable that he would be involved in the finish on Saturday with McCoy always looking confident.
Giles Cross, who was not far behind him at Uttoxeter, ran a mighty race from the front under Harry Skelton but McCoy was alongside at the second-last and quickly settled the race in the iconic green and gold silks of JP McManus.
McCoy said: "I've won the English, Irish and now Welsh Nationals for Jonjo and JP, so that's very special."
The sponsors now make Synchronised the 14-1 favourite for the National itself but McCoy warned: "He took a long time to learn how to jump normal fences and he doesn't jump out at me as a typical National horse.
"He's achieved his big target, this was his Gold Cup."
* Aussie Dollar looks the best bet on the card at Southwell in the Visit Nottinghamshire Maiden Stakes tomorrow.
Trained by Andrew Balding, the three-year-old has shown enough promise in two runs to date to suggest that a midweek maiden on the all-weather should be well within his compass.
Well bred, by Dansili out of a Spectrum mare, the youngster certainly looks to have the best form on offer and the only danger could come from one of his unraced opponents.
He may have been beaten 15 lengths on his debut at Yarmouth in October but that was not a bad performance at all against a field of good horses.
The winner, Sir Michael Stoute's Sea Moon, is related to Workforce and was backed as if defeat was out of the question. The ground was also heavy.
Aussie Dollar finished fourth and progressed further when last seen at
Kempton just 13 days ago.
David O'Meara has made such a cracking start to his training career that punters are no longer able to get big prices on his runners.
He has made his name improving horses from other stables and Ingleby King has just joined from David Barron.
However, this is slightly different circumstances as the five-year-old
has won his last two races.
O'Meara has spotted some potential and after a month off, the shorter trip could be a bonus in the Play Roulette At bluesq.com Handicap.
Phillip Makin and Kevin Ryan have had a reasonably successful start to their association and Finn's Rainbow can defy a penalty in the bluesq.com On Your iPhone Handicap.
His win was just reward for a couple of previous near-misses and while this looks a competitive little heat, he remains in good heart.
Another recent winner who can follow up is Richard Fahey's Stanley Rigby in the Book Tickets At southwell-racecourse.co.uk Handicap.
The Malton handler has kept his stable in good form through the harsh winter and his small all-weather team are reaping the rewards.
Evan Williams has a really smart prospect on his hands in Phidippides who is tipped in the Leicester Annual Members Novices' Chase at Leicester.
A smart hurdler, just below top class, he looks made for the bigger obstacles and was narrowly denied on his debut behind Rock Noir.
Nicky Richards could do with a change of luck after the bad news about Monet's Garden and long-term absentee Steady Tiger has always been held in high regard.
He is set for his first start in 628 days in the STP Construction Beginners' Chase at Newcastle so may need the run, but he is one that is well worth looking at.