Fresh off the back of two Cheltenham Festival wins, jockey Lizzie Kelly is eyeing up the Grand National fences. The 25-year-old will be on board Tea For Two when the 2019 Grand National rolls around on April 6th.
Tea For Two is owned and trained by her mother Jane Williams. And Kelly is relishing the challenge on the runner that has already given her plenty of great memories. Speaking to The Guardian, Kelly said: “He’s the horse of a lifetime. He was one of my first winners against professionals when I was an amateur.
“I was still at university when I won a bumper on him at Wincanton, all those years ago. He’s been part of my career at every stage.”
Lizzie Kelly made history at Kempton on Boxing Day in 2015, when she became the first female jockey to win a Grade One over jumps in Britain. But could she become the first female jockey to win the Grand National?
He unseated her in the Glenfarclas Chase at Cheltenham but Kelly believes that he still proved his worth with his run to that point.
“He loved the jumps. So, immediately upon landing on the floor, I thought: ‘This is going to work with him, he’s going to love it and it’ll be easier as well because it won’t be all different types of fence, they’ll be generally the same and we’ll be going round in an oval rather than all over the shop.”
And of course Tea For Two has won the Betway Bowl at Aintree. In 2017 he beat Cue Card in an epic race so he knows how to win around the course.
He travelled to Pond House a few days ago to practise over the National fences and looked like a solid jumper.
He is currently best priced at 66/1 with Betfred – and let’s be fair, you never write off a former Grade 1 winner!