The Grand National is one of the highlights of the British racing year but what happens to the winning horses after their moment of triumph? Great British Racing have caught up with some of the race’s recent winners to find out what they are up to now. Below are just two examples of the things that Racehorses do after success in the Crabbie’s sponsored race that is now worth £1 million.
AMBERLEIGH HOUSE (2004)
Forever remembered as legendary trainer Ginger McCain’s fourth, record-equalling Grand National winner, following in the hoof prints of Red Rum. Retired in 2006, the 22-year-old lives in style at the National Stud in Newmarket, where he is described by marketing executive Amy Taylor as a “wicked tourist attraction”. He enjoys days in the paddocks, where he has become a favourite with tourists, and sleeps in the stallion unit at night. He’s also well-known for being a lover of polo mints.
Now 18 years old, he ran in five Grand Nationals and lives in retirement on owner Trevor Hemmings’ stud on the Isle of Man. Both he and the recently-retired 2011 winner Ballabriggs are ridden out each day and work together. Hedgehunter is still as sharp, intelligent and good looking as ever and makes personal appearances at functions such as Aintree Racecourse’s media lunches.
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