Welsh National winner Le Beau Bai set to race Eider Chase

Richard Lee
Le Beau Bai's success was Richard Lee's 12th winner of the season

Herefordshire trainer Richard Lee says his Welsh Grand National winner Le Beau Bai's next run is likely to be in February's Eider Chase at Newcastle.

Lee told BBC Hereford and Worcester the horse is likely to again face the horse he beat into second place at Chepstow.

"I gather that is going to be Giles Cross' next step as well and we'll be much higher in the weights," he said.

"I don't know what the handicapper will do to us so maybe Giles Cross will get his revenge on us up there."

Lee's main concern ahead of the Welsh Grand National was that the going would not suit Le Beau Bai as the horse likes plenty of give in the ground.

While he would not want conditions in the Eider Chase to be quite as wet as they were last February, the Byton-based trainer feels Tuesday's win at Chepstow proved the horse is a force to be reckoned with.

"Last year it was run in bottomless conditions and was a real war of attrition as only two horses finished," he added.

"It is a bit further to go to Newcastle than Chepstow but we will have to put up with that."

Le Beau Bai's win at Chepstow was the yard's second success in as many days after Victory Gunner won at Ffos Las on Boxing Day.

The trainer says the triumph ranks alongside any of the winners of his long career and it had created a great deal of interest.

"We've had so many phone calls, text messages and emails from all sorts of people.

"It is very nice that so many people have watched it and have taken such an interest," he concluded.

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