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Teaforthree

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At nine years of age and having been allocated 11-03 for the 2013 Grand National, Teaforthree was one of the horses with all the right credentials to win in 2013. A classy horse who had proved himself to trainer Rebecca Curtis, he was always likely to be popular with punters having won the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham while finishing a game second in the Welsh National.

Third in the 2013 National but unseated in the 2014 renewal

He was well backed in the Welsh National at Chepstow back in January 2013 although jockey AP McCoy was quick to point out that his odds of 5/1 to win it were slightly optimistic. He just failed to reward his supporters despite a fine run where he jumped well but ultimately went down fighting to a horse to whom he was conceding 16lb.

A thorough stayer, he looked like obvious Grand National material and although he was entered for the Cheltenham Gold Cup he instead headed to Aintree where his chances were much better. He was also one of very few horses in the race who had not just run at 4 miles but also won over that distance and stamina is as important as any other factor in the Grand National.

Going off at 10/1 Nick Scholfield partnered him for the 2013 National and the punters backing was returned ten fold as Teaforthree managed a terrific third place finish which earned his connections £102,863 for their hard work.

He was entered again for 2014 and hopes were high as the then 10-year old was given a very manageable 10-12 by the handicapper and had, prior to the National, run and come second at Ascot, as well as eighth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup solidifying his Grand National claims even further, resulting in his odds being dramatically cut to as short as 10/1 with bookmakers.

He went off as joint favourite but couldn't do it on the day and unseated Nick Scholfield at the Chair on the first circuit.

Back for the Grand National 2015, Teaforthree is now 11 years old and has been given 10-07 by the Handicapper, 5lbs less than last year. He has had two races this season, winning at Bangor and finishing fourth at Haydock in February suggesting all is on track for another shot at those Aintree fences.

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