Trainer Richard Lee is based in North Herefordshire where is his specialist stable has a reputation for curing horses with chronic leg problems. Richard is also widely recognised as an authority on Equine Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhaging.
The trainer holds a dual licence and has since 1986. In that time he's racked up some notable wins, including two Coral Welsh Nationals and Aintree’s Martell cup.
Has won two Coral Welsh National's with Le Beau Bai and Mountainous
In 2011 Le Beau Bai won the Coral Welsh National for Lee and notched up wins at the Festival too. Sadly Le Beau Bai suffered a broken pelvis in 2013 and never recovered. Speaking to the Racing Post about the horse Lee summed up his feelings.
“He gave us one of our bigger days. The four that stand out are two Cheltenham festival winners, a Martell Cup and the Welsh National was probably right up there. He was not just a good horse, he had a lovely personality. I had to make the phone call to the owners and it wasn't easy.”
In 2013 Richard Lee’s Mountainous lined up in the Coral Welsh National and after a dramatic finish at Chepstow the trainer was once again enjoying another success in the race. After the race Lee commented on his success saying “We lost Le Beau Bai, who was a lovely little horse, and you never think you will find another, but it looks like we’ve got one to live up to him.
“Mountainous is actually a far bigger and scopier horse and he was very, very brave.”
On his website Richard describes himself as a Pop Larking character, who's childhood ambition was to be a jockey. Citing the three time Grand National winning trainer Fred Winter as his inspiration.
When asked who or what he fears he replied…”not training a winner for the whole season.”