Teaforthree goes into the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock on Saturday looking for revenge against Monbeg Dude, who narrowly denied him success in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow last month.
The pair fought it out after jumping the last together in Wales, with Michael Scudamore’s mount winning the battle in the final stages, getting on top to deny the locals a Welsh- trained winner.
The Rebecca Curtis-trained Teaforthree won the 4m National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last year, where he went off as 5/1 favourite, finishing two lengths ahead of Harry The Viking.
He opened his account up again this season at Prestbury Park, where he finished a disappointing eighth in a Grade Three over 3m3f. A much better display was shown in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, where he came home sixth before his second in the Welsh Grand National.
Despite not jumping well at Chepstow, Paul Carberry managed to produce a well-timed run from Monbeg Dude to land the rearranged feature contest in January.
It was his second consecutive success after winning at Cheltenham in November. The latest Cheltenham news reports that connections have given their runner an entry in the Betfred Gold Cup in March but a lot will depend on his performance this weekend before a final decision is made about his future plans.
A lot of market support this week has also come for Rigadin De Beauchene, who was a winner at Warwick on his latest start last month. The Venetia Williams-trained eight-year old has been consistent this season in his four runs, in which he has not finished out of the frame any of those starts.