Miinnehoma, who won the Grand National at Aintree in 1994, has died aged 29. He passed away peacefully of old age over the weekend, David Pipe confirmed on his website earlier today.
The gelding was owned by comedian Freddie Starr and he gave legendary trainer Martin Pipe (David’s father) his only win in the great race. He provided jockey Richard Dunwoody with his second triumph in the showpiece steeplechase and the ex-Champion was quick to pay tribute.
He remained at the Pipe’s residence at Pond House during his retirement, where he was a unique character. Often seen at Aintree for the parade of past champions, including in April of this year, the hugely popular horse, who was eleven when he won the Grand National, was the oldest living winner of the race.
Miinnehoma raced a total of 25 times, winning 11 of those races. He is one of the classiest horses to ever win the Grand National, having beaten Remittance Man (a subsequent Champion Chase victor) over Hurdles at Newbury in March 1990. At the Cheltenham Festival of 1992, he bravely defeated Bradbury Star to land the Grade 1 Sun Alliance Chase. The year after winning the National, he finished third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He was also placed in a Welsh National, but will always be remembered for his cheeky win at Aintree, where he got the better of Just So by over a length.
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