For many jockeys the choice of who they ride in the Grand National is fairly straight forward. If you’re a stable jockey you go with the horse from the yard that is running. If the trainer has limited entries then you hope another trainer has an opportunity for you – unless you are A.P. McCoy.
A.P. McCoy confirms for Colbert Station!
[Racecard Colbert Station]
McCoy is actually retained by an owner as opposed to a trainer and the owner is JP McManus who at last count still had four horses running on Saturday – Sunnyhillboy, Colbert Station, Lost Glory and Quiscover Fontaine.
As 17 time Champion Jockey, McCoy has his pick of JP horses and has already whittled down his options to just Sunnyhillboy and Colbert Station but has stated that he is under no pressure to decide which he will partner for the National.
Speaking on Sky Sports McCoy said he will leave it until late in the day to confirm his riding plans.
McCoy said: “Sunnyhillboy is 10lb higher this year but is near enough a National winner if you like. There’s a lot of positives for him and Jonjo’s got a fantastic record with staying chasers and in the Grand National. Mind you Ted Walsh’s record isn’t too bad either.
“Sunnyhillboy wants the ground to dry out as much as possible while Colbert Station is a bit more versatile. Sunnyhillboy has got the classier form though so it’s going to be a tough decision.
“There’s a lot of positives and sadly the decision is going to be mine and it’s going to be made late in the day. I’m under no pressure to make the decision.”
And he may not be but what about the other poor jockeys who are waiting in the sidelines? Or in fact, Richie McClernon who finished second on Sunnyhillboy last year? It must be all’s fair in love and racing but one thing is for sure, whichever horse he does choose in the end, he will weighed up that decision with only one thing in mind – winning!
The odds will plummet and all eyes will be on him once again but the competition is fierce this year and with so many potential winners getting withdrawn over the last few weeks, don’t be surprised if a longer odds horse doesn’t cause an upset on the day!