Le Beau Bai Prevails in Coral Welsh National
1 Le Beau Bai 10/1
Le Beau Bai, trained by Richard Lee and ridden by Charlie Poste, won a war of attrition for the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow.
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."
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