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Le Beau Bai Prevails in Coral Welsh National
27/12/11

1 Le Beau Bai 10/1
2 Giles Cross 15/2
3 Cappa Bleu 25/1
4 Bench Warrent 50/1
20 ran Distances: 7l, 15l, 5l
TIME 7m 54.70s (slow by 29.70s)

Le Beau Bai, trained by Richard Lee and ridden by Charlie Poste, won a war of attrition for the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow.

Le Beau Bai
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Le Beau Bai

Last season's runner-up Giles Cross took them along for most of the way in the marathon test and the opposition dropped away one by one in the very testing conditions.

Le Beau Bai was the only one still in touch coming down the long straight and as the distress signals finally went out on Giles Cross, the 10-1 shot plugged on past to score by seven lengths, with a further 15 to Cappa Bleu in third.

Poste said: "He's been a good servant to me. Beforehand I spoke to the owners and I picked out Giles Cross as the one I really thought was the one we had to beat.

"We rode him in similar style when he won here earlier this month. I never thought it was a foregone conclusion and he's toughed it out really well."

Lee added: "It's a race I've always wanted to win. We didn't run in it last year, but he was third two years ago and it all went to plan this time. I was worried the ground wasn't going to be soft enough for him, but Charlie got some great leaps out of him.

"We train on the Welsh borders to come here and win the Welsh National is fantastic. It's a fairytale."

Trainer Victor Dartnall said of Giles Cross: "He's run his heart out, but he was on his own in front for a long way and I think that might have gone against him."

Evan Williams said of Cappa Bleu: "I seem to be making a habit of being placed in Nationals, but it was great to be part of it. I'd say the first race that comes to mind now would be the National itself and I suppose that will be something to think about in the spring."

 

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Le Beau Bai
R Lee
C Poste
10st 1lbs
10 - 1
Winner
2
Giles Cross
V R A Dartnall
D F O'Regan
10st 6lbs
15 - 2
7 lengths
3
Cappa Bleu
Evan Williams
Paul Moloney
11st 3lbs
25 - 1
15 lengths
4
Bench Warrent
C J Mann
Gavin Sheehan
10st 0lbs
50 - 1
5 lengths
5
Cannington Brook
C L Tizzard
T J O'Brien
10st 2lbs
15 - 2
4 lengths
6
Our Island
Tim Vaughan
Aidan Coleman
10st 0lbs
10 - 1
16 lengths
7
Or Noir De Somoza
D Pipe
Conor O'Farrell
10st 6lbs
50 - 1
1 length
8
Knighton Combe
Jamie Snowden
Brendan Powell
10st 2lbs
66 - 1
23 lengths
Fell
Hey Big Spender
C L Tizzard
J Tizzard
11st 12lbs
33 - 1
PulledUp
Carruthers
M Bradstock
Matthew Batchelor
11st 8lbs
8 - 1
PulledUp
Blazing Bailey
A King
W Hutchinson
11st 5lbs
25 - 1
PulledUp
Galaxy Rock
Jonjo O'Neill
D C Costello
11st 2lbs
12 - 1
PulledUp
Viking Blond
N A Twiston-Davies
S Twiston-Davies
10st 9lbs
6 - 1
PulledUp
As De Fer
A J Honeyball
S Thomas
10st 9lbs
10 - 1
PulledUp
Any Currency
M Keighley
A P Cawley
10st 3lbs
10 - 1
PulledUp
Indifference Curve
Miss M M O'Sullivan
W Kennedy
10st 0lbs
33 - 1
PulledUp
Master Overseer
D Pipe
T Scudamore
10st 0lbs
14 - 1
UnseatedRider
Mumbles Head
P Bowen
D Crosse
10st 0lbs
66 - 1
PulledUp
Ballyfitz
N A Twiston-Davies
David England
10st 0lbs
20 - 1
PulledUp
Heathcliff
R Lee
T Messenger
10st 0lbs
50 - 1
       

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