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Amberleigh House

Amberleigh House
Sire Buckskin
Dam Chancy Gal
Grandsire Yelapa
Damsire Al Sirat
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1992
Country Ireland
Color Bay
Breeder Robert McCarthy
Owner Ms. A. L .Dikel
Halewood International
Trainer Michael Hourigan
Ginger McCain
Record 73: 9-10-10
Earnings £556,432
Amberleigh House is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Chancy Gal by Buckskin. He was born around 1992 in Ireland, and was bred by Robert McCarthy.
Major wins
Kinloch Brae Chase (2000)
Emo Oil Chase (2000)
Becher Chase (2001)
Grand National (2004)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Amberleigh House was the horse that won the 2004 Grand National. He is now retired and living at the National Stud in Newmarket.



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

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 Amberleigh House looked like the best he could hope for was a 4th placed finish. Racing some 20 horse lengths behind the leading trio of Clan Roayl, Hedgehunter and Lord Atterbury with four fences remaining. Carnage ensued however when Hedgehunter suffered a tired fall and Clan Royal nearly took the wrong course. With Lord Atterbury tiring Graeme Lee brought Amberleigh House down the outside to grab the lead inside the final furlong and win by three horse 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.

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

Amberleigh House remains at Ginger McCains stable in Cholmondley Cheshire where he enjoys a happy retirement.


  • 2001 (Brought Down 8th)
  • 2003 Third
  • 2004 Winner
  • 2006 Pulled up



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