Colbert Station: Tony McCoy has opted for the Ted Walsh-trained runnerPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
McCoy selects Colbert as National field revealed
CHAMPION jockey Tony McCoy will ride 10-1 shot Colbert Station in Saturday's John Smith's Grand National at Aintree, it was revealed as final declarations were made on Thursday morning.
Viking Blond was the last to make the field after there were four withdrawals ahead of him. Poker De Sivola and Quinz were withdrawn on Wednesday, while Pearlysteps and Backstage were withdrawn on Thursday morning. Backstage's owners Middleham Park said he scoped dirty.
Pentiffic and Mortimers Cross could yet make the field as they are first and second reserves. Cloudy Lane and Gullible Gordon were both removed, while Romanesco did not qualify due to his recent run in the Irish Grand National.
McCoy had the option of riding Colbert Station or last year's second Sunnyhillboy, a 16-1 chance, but plumped for the more fancied runner meaning Richie McLernon takes over on the 2012 runner-up.
McCoy, who writes a column for the Daily Telegraph, told that newspaper: "It’s been very hard but after to speaking to JP McManus, who owns both of them, this morning we've decided I'll ride Colbert Station.
"I can't ride both of them and, while he does not have the Aintree experience of Sunnyhillboy, he looks less exposed to the handicapper and has a proper racing weight."
McCoy has shared riding duties on the Ted Walsh-trained Colbert Station with Mark Walsh in the past. Walsh will instead ride 50-1 chance Lost Glory.
Ruby Walsh has been confirmed as rider of 15-2 favourite On His Own, while the fancied Chicago Grey will be ridden by Paul Carberry after the jockey passed himself fit to take the ride.