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Teaforthree - Cheltenham 14/03/2012

Teaforthree (blue and white) made virtually all to win at Cheltenham

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Teaforthree set Welsh National target

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL winner Teaforthree, successful in the four mile Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase, has been set the early season target of a Coral Welsh National bid, trainer Rebecca Curtis revealed.

The eight-year-old thorough stayer has not been seen since his Cheltenham romp but he has never finished out the first three in four starts at Chepstow, including two wins, and Curtis is keen to target a race she feels plays to her horse's strengths.

Speaking to The Weekender, which comes out on Wednesday, Curtis said: "This season the big plan is the Welsh National, but he needs a couple of runs beforehand so I am pouring through the fixture list to find a suitable return for him.

"The Badger Ales Trophy would be okay but I don't think the track will suit, while there is a 3m2f handicap chase at Cheltenham but that is not ideal.

"It is possible that we may run him over hurdles to start with. He had a good summer and did well physically."

To read Rebecca Curtis's thoughts on her talented young team make sure you pick up a copy of The Weekender - available to buy from Wednesday.

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