Teaforthree is new National favourite.
TEAFORTHREE advertised his claims for Crabbie's Grand National glory at Ascot on Saturday and is now the clear ante-post favourite for the Aintree showpiece.
The Rebecca Curtis-trained 10-year-old may just have been touched off by Restless Harry (4-1) in the Weatherby's Hamilton Insurance Chase at Ascot, but it was a return to form which saw bookmakers across the board cut his odds for Aintree. He is as low as 10-1 favourite with Ladbrokes but a general 12-1 with most of the other firms.
Teaforthree was beaten by a neck in the three-mile Listed event at Ascot under Noel Fehily.
But it looked a perfect prep for a return to Aintree on April 5. Last season's Welsh Grand National runner-up finished third in last year's Aintree marathon behind Aurora's Encore and Cappa Bleu, both of whom are out with injury.
Curtis said: "I am very pleased with that. He has a lovely weight for the Grand National (10st 12lb) because there are a lot of high-class horses above him in the handicap.
"He's had one or two physical problems and he needed the race in at Chepstow (Welsh National).
"While we will have to see how he comes out of the race, we've probably got him as good as he's ever been at the moment."
Jockey Charlie Poste, who was brought up in Wirral, is now looking forward to the Cheltenham Festival with the Robin Dickin-trained winner Restless Harry.
Poste said: "He shouldn't go up too much in the handicap for that, so a three-mile handicap chase at Cheltenham would be an option."
Meanwhile, leading Stan James Champion Hurdle contender My Tent Or Yours was a runaway winner in a jumpers' race at Kempton yesterday.
Sent off at 1-5, Nicky Henderson's dual Grade One-winning hurdler scored by four-and-a-half lengths to put himself on course for Cheltenham.
TRIUMPH: Rigadin De Beauchene and Robert Dunne (left) on their way to victory in the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock Park