Tony McCoy to ride Colbert Station in 2013 Aintree Grand National

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Will Tony McCoy be celebrating a second Grand National victory? (credit: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Tony McCoy has chosen to ride Colbert Station in the 2013 Grand National at Aintree as he bids for a second victory in the world’s greatest steeplechase.

The champion jockey, who ended his long wait for success in the Liverpool showpiece on Don’t Push It in 2010, faced a difficult choice between Colbert Station and Sunnyhillboy.

Both horses are owned by J P McManus, by whom McCoy is retained, with Sunnyhillboy having been caught on the line in last year’s Grand National by last-gasp winner Neptune Collonges and trained by Jonjo O’Neill, who saddled Don’t Push It to victory.

But McCoy has opted for Colbert Station trained by Ted Walsh, father of Ruby Walsh and Katie Walsh who will be riding well-fancied duo On His Own and Seabass respectively.

McCoy told the Daily Telegraph: "It's been very hard but after to speaking to J P McManus, this morning we've decided I'll ride Colbert Station.

"I can't ride both of them and while he doesn’t have the Aintree experience of Sunnyhillboy, he looks less exposed to the handicapper and has a proper racing weight (11st 1lb).”

Colbert Station has won his last two starts including the valuable Paddy Power Handicap Chase at Leopardstown under McCoy just after Christmas.

He followed up with success over hurdles at Punchestown in early February.

Unsurprisingly given the news that McCoy will be in the saddle, the nine-year-old has been well supported in the Grand National market and is now a best-priced 11/1 joint second favourite at bookmaker William Hill.


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