I frequently check the ante-post odds for the 2013 Grand National and when I say frequently I mean every single day – just in case I miss something! So imagine my surprise when last week I spied a very new entry on Paddy Power.
Colbert Station seemed to come out of nowhere and with the deadline for official entries for the 2013 Grand National Runners still not passed and no mention of him on any of the usual horse racing sites I decided to take a closer look at what he was all about.
From the second I saw his name I guessed he was owned by JP McManus and I was correct. How did I know? Well, it's the name of the train station in JP's home town and he frequently names his horses after landmarks in the area – that being Limerick, in Ireland.
It turns out he's also trained by Ted Walsh who looks set to have a bumper 2013 Grand National if Seabass gets another shot at it.
Colbert Station is 9 years old and has predominantly raced over hurdles but has had five chase starts winning two of them and placing 3rd in one other. He's fresh off a win in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown on December 27th where he carried 10-11 and has been increasing his distances for some time now so that three miles or over doesn't seem to be an issue.
My only concern would be that he starts a lot in Soft or Heavy going which may mean that a dry Aintree could cause him some problems but other than that he seems to have everything a good solid grand national runner needs.
A.P. McCoy has ridden him in the big races so potentially he could be riding him again come April 6th! Of course, if that happens you can bet that his odds will be a whole lot shorter than 18/1!