There’s a sure fire way to get public backing for one of your horses and JP McManus is the master. Hailing from Limerick in Ireland, McManus frequently names his horses after famous landmarks in the region and Colbert Station is no different, named after the only train station in the City.
Seeing it as an omen, many of Limerick’s finest will no doubt have a flutter on him and it won’t be a lost cause either. Colbert Station has seen his odds shorten more and more since the weights for the 2013 Grand National were announced last week and with the perfect weight, age, form and the fact that he is trained by Ted Walsh, many believe he has what it takes to go the distance.
Add to that the fact that 17-times Champion Jockey AP McCoy could potentially partner him and suddenly it’s Prince who??? And while many will think that McCoy, having his pick of McManus’s seven National entries, will opt for Sunnyhillboy, it would not be unlike McManus to give Richie McLernon another chance following his fantastic 2nd place in 2012, particularly as McCoy has struck up a successful association with the shorter-priced Colbert Station.
He was heavily backed at Leopardstown over Christmas and rocked up with ease passed the winning post despite being in a field that boasted 28-runners which of course bodes very well for Aintree. He also went a long way towards proving his stamina by coping with that three miles on soft ground.
He may be short on experience, with only five outings over fences behind him but Colbert Station seems a sound jumper of robust physique and is fresh off the back of yet another win at Punchestown with AP McCoy on board again.
When the odds shorten even further you may be kicking yourself you didn’t get a fiver on him at 16/1!