Pembrokeshire-based horse Teaforthree was pipped into second place in a thrilling Welsh Grand National race on Saturday.

The race at Chepstow had been rearranged from December 27th and Teaforthree, ridden by Tony McCoy and trained by Broad Haven’s Rebecca Curtis, began as 3-1 favourite.

However, the national was won by 10-1 shot Monbeg Dude, ridden by Paul Carberry, who beat the home favourite by just half a length following an epic battle for the finish line.

The horse is owned by a rugby-based syndicate that includes Mike Tindall and James Simpson-Daniel of England, and former Welsh fly-half Nicky Robinson.

Triggerman was eleven lengths further back in third.

Arbor Supreme was fourth.

Despite the defeat, the bookmakers have kept Teaforthree’s odds for the Grand National at Aintree in April at 20-1.

Meanwhile Monberg Dude, who is trained by Michael Scudamore, remains at 33-1.