When it comes to the Grand National, few owners can claim to consistently have the vast number of horses required to enter not just every year but to enter so many with so many trainers, except for JP McManus that is.
For those of you not familiar with him, McManus was born in Limerick, Ireland and began his business career at his family’s construction plant hire firm before becoming an on-course bookmaker at Limerick’s greyhound track.
In 1982, he and his wife, Noreen, bought Martinstown Stud on over 400 acres in County Limerick and McManus is now National Hunt racing’s largest owner with over 400 horses in training.
So it’s easy to see why this year he’s managed to enter a whopping seven horses; Alfie Sherrin, Bob Lingo, Colbert Station, Lost Glory, Outlaw Pete, Quiscover Fontaine and last year’s runner-up Sunnyhillboy.
And, ensuring that he has the best possible chance, he has entered them with five different trainers – Jonjo O’Neill, Willie Mullins, Ted Walsh, John Halley and Tom Mullins. I’m assuming that the thinking is that with different trainers comes different training styles and hopefully one of them has what it takes to win the 2013 Grand National!
JP McManus did win it with Don’t Push It in 2010 with trainer Jonjo O’Neill and jockey AP McCoy and also owned the wonderful Synchronised before he was fatally injured last year.
Watch odds for the Grand National specials which will no doubt give pretty decent odds on JP having this years winner. In the mean time, Paddy Power are offering 2013 Grand National Odds for his horses and they are: