Teaforthree has been the punters ante-post favourite for the 2013 Grand National since the entries were announced back in January and even now trainer Rebecca Curtis is learning valuable lessons that should help her charge solidify an even bigger claim for the National.
His last run at Haydock was a disaster and many fans were thoroughly disappointed in his performance on the which of claims were made that he would never do well at Aintree. Curtis then explained that the conditions at the course hadn't suited him, that he carrying to much weight, the ground was too soft and it was more of a blip than an issue to worry about over the next few months of festivals.
Speaking to the The Telegraph she said “I know that A P McCoy, who had ridden the horse previously, and Ruby Walsh were both watching the race from Ascot, and they said to each other that he would have no chance”. And, as it turns out they were right.
So what has Curtis learned from that day? She went on to say “We went up the night before the race and he didn’t like it. He was not himself. He didn’t like the new surroundings.”
This appears to have given her pause for thought and the new plan is to now go to Aintree on the actual day of the 2013 Grand National and to not take any chances that Teaforthree will be adversely affected by the change of scenery.
Though the jockeys have not been announced, it is confirmed that Nick Scholfield will partner Teaforthree as A.P. McCoy who has ridden him previously will be booked elsewhere and all going well Teaforthree will get a good nights sleep in is own little home before making the biggest run of his life at Aintree the next day.