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Teaforthree - Rebecca Curtis Yard Visit 11.12.12

Teaforthree will be ridden by Nick Scholfield in Saturday's Grand National

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Teaforthree camp happy with fresh National hope

REBECCA CURTIS, who saddled her first Grade 1 winner at the Cheltenham Festival, on Sunday issued an upbeat bulletin on Teaforthree, who will bid for jump racing's biggest prize in Saturday's John Smith's Grand National.

The nine-year-old, second in the Welsh National, is as short as 12-1 for the Aintree showpiece, but can be backed at 16-1 generally.

He was last seen finishing tenth of 14 in a National trial at Haydock and Curtis confirmed Nick Scholfield, who also enjoyed his breakthrough top-level triumph on Melodic Rendezvous in the Tolworth this season, will ride.

"Teaforthree has scoped clean and I'm happy where we are with him," said Curtis, whose Albert Bartlett winner At Fishers Cross heads for the John Smith's Sefton Novices' Hurdle a day earlier.

 "I am pleased we haven't given him a run since Haydock and he goes there fresh and the better ground will help."

Teaforthree is not the only leading Welsh-trained National contender with Evan Williams' Cappa Bleu third favourite in some lists.

He is mainly 12-1, the same price as the JP McManus-owned Colbert Station, who was 14-1 with Betfred and William Hill on Sunday morning, but ends the day as low as 10-1 with Coral and Ladbrokes.

Punters who have latched onto him may believe he will be the mount of 17-time champion jockey Tony McCoy, who could also partner last year's second Sunnyhillboy for McManus.

One jockey booking confirmed on Sunday was Daryl Jacob - who denied Sunnyhillboy and Richie McLernon on Neptune Collonges 12 months ago - aboard Join Together, one of three challengers for Paul Nicholls.

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