2014 Racing News

Teaforthree May Attempt Major Double

Teaforthree could be set to attempt to pull off the major double in national hunt racing in the next few months as he holds and entry in the Cheltenham Gold Cup at the Festival and the Grand National at Aintree in April. The 10-year was only beaten by Auroras Encore and Cappa Bleu in the 4m4f contest on Merseyside in 2013 in his first attempt at the big fences. He has been seen as a Grand National contender ever since he was successful at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival in the 4m National Hunt Chase which features on day two of the meeting. Although he is one of the outsiders for the Gold Cup next month, trainer Rebecca Curtis may use is as his final preparation for Aintree, at the very least. Teaforthree returned to action at Chepstow once again this season for another shot at the Welsh Grand National. Monbeg Dude hunted him down in the closing stages in 2012 to deny him from landing a gamble. His didnít come as close in his latest campaign though as he finished way off the pace as Mountainous was victorious for trainer Richard Lee. There was an improved effort last time out at Ascot when he finished second behind Restless Harry. That outing pleased connections and also resulted in support for the horse for the 2014 Grand National where he is now clear ante-post favourite. His chances in the feature of the Cheltenham Festival donít appear as strong, but if he was to pull off an upset, it would set him up for the double in what are the sportís two biggest prizes. The last horse to win both races in the same season was Golden Miller in 1934.

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