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Welsh hopes high ahead of Grand National

Teaforthree was trained in Pembrokeshire. Credit: David Jones/PA

Welsh trained 'Teaforthree' goes into this afternoon's Grand National as one of the favourites to win the famous steeplechase.

The horse, trained by Rebecca Curtis from Pembrokeshire, came third in last years' race.

The event from Aintree gets underway at 4:15pm.

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Meet Wales-trained Grand National hopeful Teaforthree

Teaforthree pictured with trainer Rebecca Curtis at her stables in Pembrokeshire Credit: ITV News

The Grand National could have its first Welsh-trained winner for more than a century if Teaforthree lives up to his billing as pre-race favourite.

The 10-year-old is one of 60 horses trained by Rebecca Curtis at her stables near Newport in Pembrokeshire.

She set up the business on land owned by her father, who is a dairy farmer, and has quickly established herself as a respected trainer.

Rebecca spent five years working in training yards in California to improve her knowledge and has been training Teaforthree for four years.

He came third in last year’s National and Rebecca says that if he can get round the famous steeplechase course again on Saturday he’ll be in with a chance of winning.

If Teaforthree does win, he’ll be the first Welsh-trained winner since 1905.

It will also make Rebecca only the third woman to train a National winner.

Pembrokeshire horse 'Teaforthree' still a favourite to win this year's Grand National

Teaforthree is aiming to become the first Welsh trained winner since 1905. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

A horse trained in Pembrokeshire will aim to be the first from Wales to win the Grand National in 109 years.

'Teaforthree' finished third in last years event and his trainer Rebecca Curtis will be hoping for even better this time round.

He goes into this years race as one of the favourites with bookmakers.

The Grand National takes place at 4:15 on Saturday afternoon from Aintree.

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Cappa Bleu welcomed home after Grand National

Trainer, Evan Williams, says he's 'proud' of Cappa Bleu's performance Credit: ITV News Wales

Cappa Bleu, trained in the Vale of Glamorgan, was welcomed home after finishing second place in the Grand National yesterday.

Tee for Three, stabled in Newport in Pembrokeshire, came third.

The race was won by 66/1 runner Auroras Encore.

Flying the flag for Wales on Ladies' Day - or wearing it!

Racegoers from Swansea strike a pose for photographers during Ladies Day Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

These racegoers wore the Welsh flag with pride as Ladies' Day got underway at the Grand National meeting.

An estimated 50,000 people were expected at Liverpool's Aintree Racecourse for the second day of racing.

For more on this story visit the ITV News website

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