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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 April, 2004, 15:12 GMT 16:12 UK
Amberleigh wins National
Graham Lee and Amberleigh House win the Grand National
1 Amberleigh House
(G Lee) 16-1
2 Clan Royal
(L Cooper) 10-1cf
3 Lord Atterbury
(M Bradburne) 40-1
4 Monty's Pass
(B Geraghty) 20-1
Amberleigh House won the 2004 Grand National to give Red Rum trainer Ginger McCain a fairytale fourth victory in the world's most famous steeplechase.

The 12-year-old struck on the run-in to deny 10-1 co-favourite Clan Royal by three lengths.

Jockey Graham Lee, who rode Amberleigh House to finish third last year, timed his run to perfection to snatch victory in the 4m 4f marathon.

Lord Atterbury was third with last year's winner Monty's Pass fourth.

McCain is best known for training Red Rum, the legendary horse who remains the only three-time winner of the Grand National.

The 73-year-old has had few runners in the Aintree showpiece since but had always been confident about Amberleigh House's chances.

"He was foot-perfect. He's a professional. He's the best thing that has happened to me for a long, long time," a tearful McCain told BBC Sport after the race.

In one of the most exciting finishes of recent years, victory looked to be between three horses - Hedgehunter, Clan Royal and Lord Atterbury - who came to the final fence together, with Amberleigh House a good 10 lengths back.

Long-time leader Hedgehunter fell while Clan Royal and Lord Atterbury began to tire.

1 Amberleigh House
50p each way 11. 1 e/w 22. 5 e/w 110.
2 Clan Royal
50p e/w 1.75. 1 e/w 3.50. 5 e/w 17.50
3 Lord Atterbury
50p e/w 5.50. 1 e/w 11. 5 e/w 55.
4 Monty's Pass
50p e/w 3. 1 e/w 6. 5 e/w 30

But Amberleigh House had more in reserve, his jockey having kept him tucked in towards the back of the field before gradually recovering ground on the second circuit.

And the 16-1 shot caught the leader Clan Royal at the Elbow to record a famous victory.

In pipping Clan Royal, Amberleigh House was exacting revenge for the last time the two horses met - over the same fences in the Tote Becher Chase last November.

Four horses were sent off as 10-1 co-favourites in the Grand National but only Clan Royal finished in the places.

Jurancon II, ridden by champion jockey Tony McCoy, fell at the fourth while Bindaree was brought down at Becher's and Joss Naylor was pulled up before the 19th.

Eleven of the 39 starters finished with all of the fallers returning safely to the stables.

Amberleigh House trainer Ginger McCain
"I thought I'd never win another National"

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