Le Beau Bai appeared to be in strong form late last year when winning the Welsh National at Chepstow on December 27th 2011.
The Richard Lee trained nine year old was ridden by Charlie Poste in the race. Poste said before the race that he thought Giles Cross was the one to beat and indeed, Le Beau Bai battled the Irish gelding all the way to the home stretch.
[Racecard Le Beau Bai]
The rest of the field was well spread out, apparently having some difficulty with the heavy going, which Giles Cross and Le Beau Bai relished. Giles Cross took the lead late, but, under continued urging from Poste, Le Beau Bai caught the Irish gelding and eventually beat him by seven lengths.
Fairly fresh off his victory at Chepstow, Le Beau Bai was ready to go for the Grand National Trial at Haydock in February. Carrying slightly more weight than his Welsh National rival, Giles Cross, Le Beau Bai looked certain to relish the heavy going in the race. However, the French gelding could manage only third once again in the race as Giles Cross narrowly beat out Neptune Collonges for the win. His connections said that Le Beau Bai ran a sound race, but it was not enough for the win.
Le Beau Bai is a nine year old bay gelding by Cadoudal out of Dame Blonde. He is owned by Glass Half Full and trained by Richard Lee. Le Beau Bai has 36 lifetime starts, including 11 wins, 1 second and 7 thirds. His last race was in the Grade 3 Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock on February 18, 2012. He came in third in that race, well in the rear of the first and second place finishers. Le Beau Bai is currently entered in the Grand National on April 14th.