Trainer Believes Teaforthree is a Grand National Contender
Rebecca Curtis believes her star jumper Teaforthree is a contender for the 2013 Grand National despite his poor effort in the Grand National Trial at Haydock in February.
Teaforthree was one of the favourites for the Grand National Trial but finished a disappointing tenth forty-three lengths behind the winner Well Refreshed.
However, Curtis has encouraged punters to ignore that performance and take advantage of the juicy odds of 19/1 currently available for Teaforthree at Bet365.
“He had plenty of excuses that day,” Curtis told The Telegraph.
“He’d had such a hard run in the Welsh Grand National previously and then nothing went according to plan at Haydock.
“The ground wasn’t ideal, he had plenty of weight and Haydock is just not a real jumpers’ track like it used to be in the past.”
Curtis said she learnt a valuable lesson about Teaforthree after the experience.
She took the son of Oscar to Haydock the night before the race and he simply didn’t settle in the new environment – a mistake that she won’t repeat before the 2013 Grand National at Aintree.
“We’ll go up on the day of the National,” Curtis said.
“We could leave here at 6am and be there at 10 without too much trouble, and he could still have his home comforts the night before.”
Teaforthree will be making his Grand National at Aintree debut but ran an impressive second behind Monbeg Dude in the 2013 Welsh Grand National.
The nine-year-old hasn’t won since his victory in the Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase during the 2012 Cheltenham Festival but gets into the Grand National with a good weight and if he can recapture his best form will be one of the horses contesting the finish.
Teaforthree (19/1) is currently on the eighth line of the 2013 Grand National betting market at Bet365 behind favourites On His Own (8/1), Seabass (10/1) and Prince De Beauchene (11/1).
You can find the best odds for the 2013 Grand National at Bet365.