Welsh National winner Le Beau Bai put down
LE BEAU BAI, the 2011 Welsh National winner, has been put down after failing to recover from a broken pelvis.
Trainer Richard Lee took the decision to "do what's right for the horse" after the ten-year-old gelding was found to have suffered a displacement of the injury from which he had been a making a satisfactory recovery.
Le Beau Bai was being prepared for another tilt at the Chepstow prize, for which he was among the favourites, when he got injured during a routine piece of work for the race last month.
"He broke his pelvis four weeks ago to the day," said Lee. "It can be a very difficult time with these injuries because you have a period when you have to keep them very heavily sedated and then you have to take them off the pain killers and they can get too fresh.
"He had been off them some time and it was mending up well until yesterday morning when he obviously did too much on it in the stable and displaced it. He was in serious pain. The vet came. We tried to give him pain killers but they didn't work. We were up all night with him. I could see he was in serious distress so we had him put down at 5am. You have to do what's right for the horse. He didn't deserve to suffer the way he did.
"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 probab ly 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."
Le Beau Bai was bought by Lee at the sales from the David Pipe stable for £6,500 in May 2008 and went on to win 9 times for the trainer. He thrived in the most testing conditions, particularly in Wales where he won once at Ffos Las and three times at Chepstow peaking with his seven-length defeat of Giles Cross, which helped him amass career earnings of £168,005.
His owners, the Glass Half Full partnership, included Will Roseff, the chairman of the Levy Board Bookmakers Committee and a director of Bet365, who said: "It's very sad. He'd been a great servant. I've had lots of bits of horses with Richard but he was by far the best I'd had. What fun winning the Welsh National was. We have to remember the good times."