Tea For Two to bid for Betfair Chase redemption following Aintree disappointment

Wed 1 Nov 2017

Tea For Two will bid to get his season back on track in the Betfair Chase at Haydock following his abject performance at Aintree last weekend.

The Nick Williams-trained eight-year-old rounded off the last campaign with a Grade One triumph at the Merseyside venue, seeing off Cue Card by a neck in the Betway Bowl under Lizzie Kelly.

He made his seasonal reappearance in the Old Roan Chase on Sunday, but trailed home a well-beaten ninth to leave Williams scratching his head.

He told Racing UK: "He's come out of the race fine and we really don't know what went wrong at Aintree. He never picked up the bridle and never looked interested.

"We'll just wait for another day. You can't put it down to the fact it was two and a half miles. He didn't travel at any stage.

"It's unusual. We can't find anything physically wrong, but he will now go to Haydock. It's a puzzle. Softer ground, a slower pace and a smaller field would all be positives."

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