Can Teaforthree become a Welsh Grand National Hero by going one better in the Coral Welsh National?
Denied after the last by a brilliant Carberry ride last year, Teaforthree will seek to go one better in the Chepstow feature this afternoon. Second in the Coral Welsh Grand National and third in the Grand National last season, the Curtis trained horse will be many punters idea of the winner of the marathon contest. In what is a quality field the greatest threat to victory must come from the classy Tidal Bay who last year won the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown. If Tidal Bay is allowed to benefit from his patient style of running without becoming too far off the leaders he is certain to be bang there at the finish. Other dangers to Teaforthree will come from the in-form Hey Big Spender, Merry King and Goonyella.
Over in Ireland at Leopardstown, Sir Des Champs will look to bounce back from his fall last time out and Bobs Worth will try to shake off his disappointing run at Haydock. With Bobs Worth being aimed more at Cheltenham in March, Sir Des Champs looks the more likely winner of the Lexus Chase. However, there has also been a strong whisper from Mullins’ yard that Rubi Ball will go well too.
Crockford’s Dead Cert – Solwhit (Leopardstown 1.50)
The Champion Long Distance hurdler last year looks certain to make a winning seasonal debut in this company. This will be another Grade One success to add to his tally.
Crockford’s Whisper – Teaforthree e/w (Welsh Grand National – Chepstow 2.35)
Beaten by a brilliant ride last year, it is clear that this race and the Grand National will be his aims for the season. The whisper is that he is in good form and is ready to make a bold show to be a Welsh Grand National hero.
Archer’s Selection – Pure Science (Chepstow 1.30)
This horse’s first time out in a handicap would have not been missed by Archer. The horse clearly has potential and will show it in this grade and contest.
Crockford’s Gambles around the courses:
Chepstow – Pure Science (1.30), Solar Impulse (2.00), Teaforthree e/w, Tidal Bay e/w and Hey Big Spender e/w (Welsh Grand National 2.35), Tranquil Sea e/w (3.10) and Capilla (3.45)
Leopardstown – Jetson e/w and Living Next Door e/w (12.50), Pires (1.20), Solwhit (1.50), Minsk (2.20), Sir Des Champs and Rubi Ball e/w (Lexus Chase 2.55)
Newbury – Ronaldinho (12.15), Restless Harry (1.15), Captain Cutter (1.45) and Whisper (2.50)
Catterick – Rainbow Peak (12.25), Aalim (12.55), Pindar (1.25) and Phase Shift (2.25)
Lingfield – Galician (1.10), Clerk’s Choice (1.40) and Blessington (2.10)
Limerick – Faugheen (1.35) and Special Token e/w (2.05)
(Featured Photograph – Monbeg Dude and Teaforthree battle out finish of Welsh Grand National by Stuart Rice)