Amberleigh House

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Amberleigh House
Sire Buckskin
Grandsire Yelapa
Dam Chancy Gal
Damsire Al Sirat
Sex Gelding
Foaled (1992-05-24)24 May 1992
Died 27 April 2017(2017-04-27) (aged 24)
Country Ireland
Colour Bay
Breeder Robert McCarthy
Owner Ms. A. L .Dikel
Halewood International
Trainer Michael Hourigan
Ginger McCain
Record 73: 9-10-10
Earnings £556,432
Major wins
Kinloch Brae Chase (2000)
Emo Oil Chase (2000)
Becher Chase (2001)
Grand National (2004)

Amberleigh House (24 May 1992 – 27 April 2017) was the horse that won the 2004 Grand National.

Amberleigh House - 2004 Grand National Winner

Staff[edit]

Amberleigh House was trained by legend Ginger McCain, and was usually ridden by jockey Graham Lee, amongst others. Lee rode Amberleigh House to his Grand National win.

Grand National[edit]

Amberleigh House won the 2004 Grand National, evoking memories of Red Rum's previous triumphs for trainer Ginger McCain. A 16/1 chance on the day, he was racing 20 lengths behind the leading trio of Clan Royal, Hedgehunter, and Lord Atterbury with four fences remaining. Hedgehunter then suffered a tired fall, and Clan Royal nearly took the wrong course. With Lord Atterbury tiring, Graham Lee brought Amberleigh House down the outside to grab the lead inside the final furlong and win by three lengths.

Amberleigh House made his Grand National debut in 2001, being brought down in a melee at the 8th fence, the Canal Turn.

Since then, Amberleigh House competed in four more Grand Nationals, ridden by Graham Lee on each occasion. In total, he raced 11 times over the National fences (including races shorter than the Grand National) and never fell.

Grand National Results[edit]

Retirement[edit]

After being pulled up in the 2006 Grand National, Amberleigh House was retired.

Amberleigh House lived out his retirement at the National Stud in Newmarket and later, on a farm outside Chester where he was looked after by the trainer Lisa Williamson. He took part in a parade of former winners before the 2017 Grand National but suffered an attack of colic a week later. He died on 27 April at the age of 25. Williamson explained "We did everything we could to save him. He was operated on but unfortunately he didn't make it. He's enjoyed a very happy retirement with me in Cheshire. He has been very busy with his public appearances and it was nice that his last one was on Grand National day".[1]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Jon Lees (27 April 2017). "Grand National winner Amberleigh House dies aged 25". Racing Post.