Hot off the press, the weights for the Welsh Grand National have just been announced and there’s some great news for connections of Synchronised who, despite winning the event earlier this year, has been given the same weight he won off last year – 11-06.

The Jonjo-O’Neill-trained eight-year-old is third in the weights, after Neptune Collonges who’s been assigned 11-12 and Hey Big Spender on 11-07. Recent Hennessy Cup winner Carruthers has been given 11st 3lb. He won the Hennessey carrying 10-04 so this may hamper his efforts some what.

Other leading ante-post fancies Galaxy Rock and Beautiful Sound have been allocated 10st 11lb and 10st respectively.

In the last 14 years, only three winners of the Welsh Grand National have carried 11st plus, with Synchronised’s victory off 11st 6lb the highest weight carried to victory in that period. Does that automatically rule out Neptune Collonges and Hey Big Spender???

The full list of weights issued are below, ordered from the heaviest to the lightest.

0186-P Neptune Collonges 11-12 Paul Nicholls
49P-41 Hey Big Spender 11-7 Colin Tizzard
13-P73 Synchronised 11-6 Jonjo O´Neill
131P-P Quinz 11-4 Philip Hobbs
649-31 Carruthers 11-3 Mark Bradstock
18-U37 Chicago Grey 11-1 Gordon Elliott
113P-1 The Minack 11-1 Paul Nicholls
1134-P Wayward Prince 11-1 Ian Williams
119P-8 Blazing Bailey 11-0 Alan King
9P2F-6 Arbor Supreme 10-12 Jonjo O´Neill
3F2P/1 Cappa Bleu 10-12 Evan Williams
3463F/ Mon Mome 10-12 Venetia Williams
2590- Notre Pere 10-12 Barry Potts
141-31 Galaxy Rock 10-11 Jonjo O´Neill
F585-9 Niche Market 10-11 Paul Nicholls
744B-2 Vic Venturi 10-10 D T Hughes
5351-5 Prince De Beauchene 10-9 W P Mullins
111P-6 Wymott31 10-9 Donald McCain
4F2-22 Western Charmer 10-8 D T Hughes
F-7321 Halley 10-6 Tom George
9/2F-4 Quiscover Fontaine 10-6 W P Mullins
4-P130 Tharawaat 10-6 Gordon Elliott
F65P-6 Madison Du Berlais 10-5 David Pipe
P44FP/ Miko De Beauchene 10-5 Venetia Williams
1797-1 Shakalakaboomboom 10-5 Nicky Henderson
12914- Tarablaze 10-4 Philip Hobbs
70-143 Viking Blond 10-4 Nigel Twiston-Davies
2243-2 Alpha Ridge 10-3 Paul Nolan
2513P- Be There In Five 10-3 Nicky Henderson
230-31 Neptune Equester 10-3 Brian Ellison
11PB-P West End Rocker 10-2 Alan King
P22-1 Giles Cross 10-1 Victor Dartnall
F-0979 Or Noir De Somoza 10-1 David Pipe
1F/8-0 Telenor 10-1 J T R Dreaper
9113-1 As De Fer 10-0 Anthony Honeyball
1913-2 Beautiful Sound 10-0 Gordon Elliott
1P50-P King Fontaine 10-0 Malcolm Jefferson
0390-5 Whinstone Boy 10-0 Caroline Bailey
413P- Alfie Sherrin 9-13 Jonjo O´Neill
PP8-9 Dream Alliance 9-13 John Flint
5-PP24 Some Target 9-13 W P Mullins
P0-512 Stewarts House 9-13 Tim Vaughan
1P/1-4 Summery Justice 9-13 Venetia Williams
54/32- Any Currency 9-12 Martin Keighley
8-7824 Across The Bay 9-11 Donald McCain
32161/ Fabalu 9-11 Donald McCain
21FF-5 Glenwood Knight 9-11 Donald McCain
3-2714 Knighton Combe 9-11 Jamie Snowden
9-0223 Indifference Curve 9-9 Miss Margaret M O´Sullivan
11/2-1 Master Overseer 9-9 David Pipe
522P-2 Ballyfitz 9-8 Nigel Twiston-Davies
3/PP-P Galant Nuit 9-8 Ferdy Murphy
F3-0P5 Ikorodu Road 9-8 Matt Sheppard
33/F-P Mumbles Head 9-8 Peter Bowen
5213-7 Alderluck 9-7 Nick Gifford
3622- Cannington Brook 9-7 Colin Tizzard
16P-95 Fredo 9-7 Ian Williams
54U12- General Kutuzov 9-7 Nick Gifford
2P-PP3 Minella Boys 9-7 Charlie Longsdon
17-429 Our Island 9-7 Tim Vaughan
7/116- Sona Sasta 9-7 David Pipe
233P-5 Bench Warrent 9-6 Charlie Mann
3724-7 Heathcliff 9-6 Richard Lee
3P-0P7 Le Beau Bai 9-6 Richard Lee
31PU5- Major Malarkey 9-6 Nigel Twiston-Davies
627P-0 Noble Concorde 9-5 J H Culloty
8/03-U Lochan Lacha 9-4 A J Martin
414P1- On His Own 9-4 W P Mullins
2112-1 Mid Div And Creep 9-3 Lawney Hill
584P-6 Ballyfoy 9-1 Gary Moore
U3U-5 Leading Contender 9-1 Philip Hobbs
132P-4 Incentivise 9-0 Richard Lee
42-P08 Lurgan 9-0 Henry De Bromhead
31PP2/ Mark The Book 9-0 Ben Case
3P/2-6 Nine De Sivola 8-13 Ferdy Murphy
9015-2 Beamazed 8-12 Malcolm Jefferson
64-211 Runshan 8-11 David Bridgwater
1V16-1 Victory Gunner 8-10 Richard Lee
328-32 Teaforthree Rebecca Curtis