Tony McCoy as selected the much-fancied Colbert Station for the race we’ve all been waiting for on Saturday - as the final declarations for the National were made today.
The 10-1 shot trained by Ted Walsh has been tipped by many punters for Saturday’s race causing his odds to shorten considerably. Now the confirmation of A.P. McCoy, the man who has won an incredible 17 consecutive Champion Jockey titles, on board has shortened the odds further still.
McCoy had the choice of riding Colbert Station or last year's very close runner-up, Sunnyhillboy, currently a 16-1 chance, who will now be ridden by Richie McLernon.
McCoy has previously shared rides on Colbert Station with Mark Walsh who will now ride the Jonjo O´Neill-trained 50-1 chance Lost Glory. Ted’s daughter Katie, meanwhile, will attempt to go one or two places better on Seabass – the horse
she’ll be riding for the second year running. She finished third on Seabass in last year’s race – the best place ever achieved in the National by a female rider.
Her brother Ruby Walsh has also been confirmed as the jockey of 7-1 clear race favourite On His Own, while the much-fancied Chicago Grey will be piloted by Paul Carberry who has declared himself fit enough to ride.
Viking Blond became the last horse to make the National field in advance of Saturday’s race after four late withdrawals were made ahead of him. Poker De Sivola and Quinz were both withdrawn on Wednesday, while Pearlysteps and Backstage were withdrawn this morning.
Both Pentiffic and Mortimers Cross could still make the National field from their positions of first and second reserves, respectively.
So now it’s all eyes on the greatest horse race on the planet.