What does the Grand National 2014 have in store?

On Saturday 5th April, more than 500 million people will be gathered around their television screens to watch the world’s most-famous steeplechase take place at Aintree, and rooting for this year’s favourites.

Making waves in both the paddocks and the tabloids for this year’s steeplechase, is Mike Tindall’s Monbeg Dude. The nine-year-old horse, purchased by Tindall and his rugby union comrades James Simpson-Daniel and Nicky Robinson at an auction for just £12,000, has been trained by Michael Scudamore and had his jumps improved by the Queen’s grand-daughter, Zara Tindall.

As of Friday 4th April, Monbeg Dude stands as second favourite to win the UK’s most anticipated horse race of the year at 12/1, with Teaforthree still the bookie’s top choice at 10/1.

After finishing third last year, the Teaforthree team have already demonstrated their ability to take on what is widely considered horse-racing’s most challenging course and emerge successful, while Teaforthree’s impressive stride makes light work of each of the 30 obstacles.

Should Teaforthree triumph on Saturday, it will not only be an outstanding victory for jockey Nick Schofield, but trainer Rebecca Curtis and Wales. For Curtis, who turns 34 this week, a win would make her only the fourth woman to train the winner of the Grand National, after last year’s race was won by trainer Sue Smith and Venetia Williams in 2009. Teaforthree would also be bridging the 109-year-gap since Wales last claimed the most desired prize in horse-racing in 1905.

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