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Monday, 12 March, 2001, 14:39 GMT
Dobbin's National winner is retired
Tony Dobbin and Lord Gyllene
Tony Dobbin and Lord Gyllene lead the 1997 National
Lord Gyllene, the horse which carried Tony Dobbin to Grand National glory, has been retired because of injury.

The New Zealand-bred gelding had been seen out just twice since he ran away with the world's most famous chase.

Dobbin rode Lord Gyllene to Aintree success in 1997 - the year the big race was staged on a Monday after a bomb scare two days earlier.

Lord Gyllene had been off the course for two years and Martin Pipe admitted defeat in his battle to get the 13-year-old ready for another tilt at the Aintree showpiece.

"Lord Gyllene is not up to full training," the trainer told the Racing Post.

"His owner Sir Stanley Clarke and I agreed that retirement was the best thing and he will be given a lovely home."

Tony Dobbin
Tony Dobbin celebrates his National triumph

Downpatrick jockey Dobbin described Lord Gyllene as "the horse who made all my dreams come true".

Dobbin said: "When he won the National everyone was saying he would come back and win it again and again. It was just unfortunate he had injuries.

"He wasn't an exceptional jumper at park courses but when he got to Aintree he took to it like a duck to water."

Lord Gyllene had been set to carry 9st 6lb in this year's National, for which he was rated a 33-1 chance with William Hill.

His absence leaves Papillon, successful last year, as the only past winner in the field for Aintree.

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