The people of Pembrokeshire will be holding their breath at 4.15 p.m. on Saturday to see if a local horse can once again win the Grand National.
Their hopes rest on the favourite for this year’s race, TeaforThree, trained near Fishguard by Rebecca Curtis. Last year TeaforThree finished third but is running off a lower weight this year. Much of his training is undertaken on the beaches of Pembrokeshire.
Pembrokeshire has a great affinity with Aintree and has had great success at the course. Peter Bowen who trains near Letterston had the only three time winner of the Topham Trophy Chase over the National jumps with Always Waining and also saw success with McKelvey. And this would not be the first win for a Pembrokeshire horse in the great race itself.
The 1905 winner, Kirkland, like Teaforthree, was also trained in Pembrokeshire at Edward Thomas’s LawrennyPark yard.
The Kirkland Arms pub in Narberth is named after this horse, who was trained 12 or so miles away and who was walked to Narberth station to take the train to Liverpool for the big race.
On his winning return, it’s said he was stabled at the pub for the night and the landlord charged the public 6d to see the great horse.
Perhaps this is a marker for Teaforthree as Rebecca Curtis’s brother, Darren is the landlord of the local Golden Lion pub in Newport, Pembrokeshire.
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