Welsh Grand National Preview

The rearranged Welsh Grand National is set to take place from Chepstow on Saturday where a dry forecast has been forecast leading up to the race.

Cheltenham Festival winner, Teaforthree, remains the favourite in the horseracing odds for the race for trainer, Rebecca Curtis.

The nine-year old outstayed his rivals in the four mile Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase back in March so looks sure to be able to handle the testing conditions during the 3m5f contest at the weekend.

Tony McCoy is set to partner the favourite, who finished a respectable sixth place in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury won by Bobs Worth in November. Curtis has revealed since then that she feels her mount will come on for that run.

Based in Newport, Teaforthree would be a popular winner among the locals at Chepstow but pundits offering Cheltenham tips

3 note that he will have to overcome challenges from several of the major yards.

Paul Nicholls is represented by Michel Le Bon. He started his season by finishing second to The Package in a Listed Race at Wincanton two months ago. He has been saved especially for this since then.

The champion trainer is bidding for his third success in this race. In 2004, Silver Birch gave him his first win; then, 12 months later, he doubled his tally with L’Aventure.

David Pipe’s father, Martin, won this race a record five times and he will be hoping to follow in his footsteps on Saturday.

Pipe has two entries with his best chance coming from Sona Sasta. The 10-year was a winner at the same course last month in the three-mile Rhys Howells Memorial Handicap Chase.

His second string comes from Master Overseer who should have no problems seeing out the trip having been a former Midlands Grand National winner over 4m1f.

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