BetVictor: Teaforthree ‘cherry ripe’ for Aintree

Teaforthree (right) was installed as favourite for the Grand National.
Teaforthree (right) was installed as favourite for the Grand National.

Rebecca Curtis’ Teaforthree heads the Grand National market as the 8/1 favourite, bidding to go even closer than his third in the race last year.

The 10-y-o finished down the field in the Gold Cup but prior to that ran a stormer finishing second at Ascot.

Curtis is adamant her horse will be cherry ripe for Aintree but he will have to see off old adversary Monbeg Dude (14/1) once more.

The pair finished 1-2 in 2012’s Welsh National with Paul Carberry delivering the horse to perfection to get up in the dying strides.

The pair team up once more with ‘The Dude’ in terrific form having won a competitive handicap chase at Cheltenham in December.

The Michael Scudamore trained 9-y-o is owned by rugby player Mike Tindall and his team-mates, with the Dude receiving extra training from Tindall’s better half, none other than the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips.

Two other lively outsiders expected to thrive are Wayward Prince (50/1) and Chance Du Roy (33/1); the latter winning over the National fences in the Becher Chase in December.

Wayward Prince was a winner at the course 18 months ago and according to trainer Hilary Parrott worked well over the mock fences midweek.

He was a winner at the festival in the Sefton Hurdle when trained by Ian Williams in 2010 and has excellent each way claims with the forecast rain likely to aid his chances even further.

Two horses taking a dramatic drop in class have been popular with Long Run and Tidal Bay both punted into 12/1 joint second-favourites.

Odds: Teaforthree 8/1, Tidal Bay 12/1, Long Run 12/1, Monbeg Dude 14/1, Burton Port 16/1, Triolo D’Alene 16/1, 20/1 Bar.

For the latest odds go to BetVictor.com.