Le Beau Bai bids for National honours

Richard Lee is pleased conditions will be testing for ante-post favourite Le Beau Bai in the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow tomorrow.

The six-year-old has been at the head of the market for the valuable staying handicap chase since he trotted up by 21 lengths over the course three weeks ago.

“He amazed me a bit in his last race,” said the North Herefordshire trainer.

“He’s only a little horse and I thought he had too much weight that day.

“He’s got less weight to carry tomorrow, but obviously it’s a better race. It has to be said that when you’ve got horses rated in the high 140s, there aren’t that many opportunities for them.

“It looks like he’ll have the ground in his favour, but it’s a hell of a hot race and there are horses like last season’s Grand National winner (Mon Mome) in it.

“In a contest like that you’re not going to get a soft race. It doesn’t happen in life now because there’s lots of good prize money up for grabs.

“But I’m so lucky to have a horse good enough to even think of going there.”

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