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Grand National winner Miinnehoma dies aged 29

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The 1994 Grand National winner Miinnehoma has died, aged 29.

Miinnehoma, who was trained by Martin Pipe, won the race under jockey Richard Dunwoody.

He was the oldest living winner of the race but passed away peacefully at the Pipe’s Pond House yard in Somerset last weekend.

The gelding was owned by comedian Freddie Starr and won 11 of his 25 starts.

He also won at the Cheltenham Festival – the Grade One Sun Alliance Chase in 1992 – and was placed in the Welsh National (1992) and Cheltenham Gold Cup (1995). His last race was in 1996.

Miinnehoma was a regular fixture in the Grand National winners parade at Aintree.

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,” said Martin’s son, trainer David Pipe.

Originally published on horseandhound.co.uk