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No soft option for Le Beau Bai.

A DECISION on whether Le Beau Bai runs in Saturday's John Smith's Grand National will be made at the last possible moment.

Winner of the Welsh National in December, Richard Lee's nine-year-old is at his best when the mud is flying.

After 11 millimetres of rain in Liverpool on Monday, more is forecast throughout the rest of the week but whether enough will fall to enable Le Beau Bai to run is a different matter.

The ground is currently soft on the Grand National course, but that might not be wet enough for Le Beau Bai, who finished third to Giles Cross in the National Trial at Haydock last time out.

"It might not be soft enough for him at the moment," said Lee. "I'm sending somebody to walk the course for me and I know it's soft now, but it may dry up a bit towards the end of the week.

"He'll only run if it's soft or worse, all his wins have been on soft ground and he just doesn't let himself down on anything quicker.

"We'll probably not decide until Saturday morning, which I know doesn't help anyone but we have to do what's best for the horse."

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* DECISION: Trainer Richard Lee with Le Beau Bai, winner of The Coral Welsh National
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 11, 2012
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