National hero Miinne passes away
Sunday 8 July 2012
Miinnehoma, winner of the 1994 Grand National, has died at the age of 29, trainer David Pipe has announced.
The gelding was 11 years old when he carried the colours of comedian Freddie Starr to victory in the world's greatest steeplechase at Aintree. He was trained by Pipe's father, Martin, at the family's Nicholashayne stables and ridden by Richard Dunwoody.
Miinnehoma raced from 1989 to 1996, winning 11 of his 25 starts including the 1992 Sun Alliance Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, and earned almost £250,000 in total prize money.
"I am greatly saddened to inform you that we have lost one Pond House legend as 1994 Grand National winner Miinnehoma passed away peacefully of old age at the weekend - he was 29," the trainer told his website www.davidpipe.com.
"He was the oldest living winner of the world's greatest steeplechase and was a regular at Aintree for the popular parade of former winners.
"During his career Miinnehoma won 11 of his 25 starts including the Listed Philip Cornes Saddle of Gold Hurdle at Newbury in 1990, the Grade One Sun Alliance Chase at the 1992 Cheltenham Festival and the Grade Two Newton Chase at Haydock in 1995.
"He was also placed in other top races including the Welsh National and Cheltenham Gold Cup, but he will always be most famously remembered for providing my father with his Grand National victory under Richard Dunwoody.
"He was a wonderful old horse - a real character and he remained at the yard under the care of our former head lad until the very end.
"He was a great champion and will be missed by all associated with him."