Teaforthree Not Ruled Out Of Gold Cup

The Grand National at Aintree may not be the main target for Teaforthree this season, but he does still have an entry in the Cheltenham Gold Cup next month.

Rebecca Curtis’ runner is a former Festival winner as he won the 4m National Hunt Chase in 2011. He was the market leader on that occasion to score the opener on day two and he did not disappoint favourite backers.Since finishing third in the world famous steeplechase on Merseyside in April, the 10-year old has had two outings. He finished ninth in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow in his seasonal reappearance. Unfortunately for connections, he was unable to improve on his second place finish in the race 12 months earlier.

The Welsh-based horse then ran a big race at Ascot earlier this month where only Restless Harry denied him the victory by less than a length in a tight finish after 3m. He led for large parts of that contest, and was only headed in the final 100 yards by Robin Dickin’s mount.

Bet365 rate Teaforthree’ chances of winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup at 66/1 which he is available at in the racing betting for the blue riband contest in the sport.

He is though, much shorter in the racing live betting odds for the Grand National as he was cut into 10/1 following his latest run.

It was Teaforthree’s first attempt at the big obstacles on the National Course in 2013 and he proved he was capable of making it safely around for the duration of the 4m4f. Nick Schofield chose to have his horse prominent throughout, tactics which nearly paid off. However, he had no answer for Auroras Encore and Cappa Bleu in the closing stages.