Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

McCoy will be Station master

Brick Red, with Aidan Coleman on board, on way to  winning Mickey Boley Memorial Chase at Wincanton yesterday
Brick Red, with Aidan Coleman on board, on way to winning Mickey Boley Memorial Chase at Wincanton yesterday

Speculation is already mounting as to what horse Tony McCoy will partner in the first £1million Grand National after the entries for the Aintree spectacular were revealed this week.

The 39-year-old, who won the big race – sponsored this year by Crabbie's – for the first and so far only time on Don't Push It in 2010, could well partner Colbert Station in the April 5 showpiece.

The prolific Ulsterman, last week named Belfast Telegraph Sports Star of the Year, is closing in on an incredible 19th successive champion jockey title and would love nothing better than to add another Grand National winner to his glittering CV before riding off into the sunset.

Colbert Station, trained by Ted Walsh and owned by JP McManus, unseated McCoy in the big race last year and is currently available at 20-1.

The Grand National weights will be announced on February 11.

Fairy Court doubled the career Flat tallies of both Tom Cummins and Ian Queally when dancing home at Dundalk a fortnight ago, and he might increase those same totals again this evening.

Waterford-based Cummins concentrates mainly on jumpers, with 36 runners in two seasons yielding a decent return of four wins.

Stable stalwart Aughnacurraveel secured his only previous Flat triumph two years ago, while 10lb claimer Queally enjoyed his debut success aboard Pat Flynn's Mama Rosa at Tipperary just last summer.

The Clare-born former pony-racing tyro poached an early lead on the unexposed Fairy Court in first-time blinkers last time, a lead that soon became unassailable.

Fairy Court is 12lbs higher now and the blinkers might lose some of their shock value, but such was his superiority that he is still hard to oppose here.

Queally's fellow smart apprentice Gary Phillips can continue his fine recent form at the Louth venue aboard Chiclet, his Tracey Collins-trained mount in the fillies maiden.

The standout handicapper of the night is Liam Cusack's Bog War in division two of the 12-furlong event.

Aidan Coleman and Venetia Williams had a double at Wincanton yesterday, courtesy of Brick Red and Bennys Mist.

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