The 25 year old also won the 2001 Becher Chase and was placed in the 2003 Grand National. He was owned by Halewood International, headline sponsor of the Crabbie’s Grand National, 2014-2016.
Judy Halewood Chairlady, Halewood International, said:
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Amberleigh House our wonderful horse passed away after a truly amazing career. He was a Legend of National Hunt especially at Aintree where he had his greatest success, only a few weeks ago at the 2017 Grand Nation he was looking superb yet again in the parade of Champions ”
Amberleigh House’s win in the 2004 Grand National evoked memories of Red Rum’s previous triumphs for trainer Ginger McCain. A 16/1 chance on the day, jockey Graeme Lee brought Amberleigh House down the outside to take the lead inside the final furlong ahead of Lord Atterbury and win by three lengths.
In total, he raced 11 times over the National fences, including five times in the Grand National. After being pulled up in the 2006 Grand National, Amberleigh House was retired and lived out his retirement at the National Stud in Newmarket and later at Lisa Williamson’s yard in Cheshire.
John Baker, North West Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said:
“We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Amberleigh House – he was a horse of a lifetime and a great friend of Aintree. Not only did he write himself into the record books by winning the 2004 Grand National in style, he was regularly paraded for the Aintree crowds after his retirement. We have a great and long-standing association with the Halewood family and our thoughts go out to them and everyone associated with Amberleigh House.”