Trainer Rebecca Curtis is about to face the biggest challenge of her training career when she sends Teaforthree out at Aintree in the 2013 Grand National on Saturday and yesterday sent out a bulletin on his progress so far.
As short as 12/1 for the National, but 14/1 with Paddy Power bookmakers, Teaforthree will be partnered by Nick Scholfield as Curtis's thoughts lie with jockey JT McNamara who won the 2012 Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase on the Welsh-trained horse.
She said to the BBC Wales “You can't even speak words what I feel for him and his family. It's just an awful situation to be in. It couldn't have happened to a nicer, hard-working man. It's just horrendous really.”
But turning her attention towards the National she said “Teaforthree has scoped clean and I'm happy where we are with him,
“I am pleased we haven't given him a run since Haydock and he goes there fresh and the better ground will help.”
Teaforthree is a fussy horse and recently performed quite poorly at Haydock which was put down to the fact that he didn't travel well and didn't like his surroundings.
Clearly the Greta Garbo of horses, he hates staying away from home, he has fussy, nocturnal and irregular eating habits and he prefers to be alone!
Let's hope that 39 other runners on Saturday don't cramp his style!