National winner Ballabriggs retired
Ballabriggs, winner of the 2011 John Smith’s Grand National, has been retired after being pulled up in the latest renewal of the world’s greatest steeplechase.
Owner Trevor Hemmings and trainer Donald McCain decided after lengthy discussion it was best to call time on the 12-year-old’s career.
Ballabriggs will always be remembered for giving McCain victory in the Aintree showpiece which his late father Ginger won four times with triple hero Red Rum and Amberleigh House.
“He’s won me a Grand National and that is something I’ll never forget,” said McCain.
“He’s been a wonderful horse for the yard and it’s nice for him to come through the other end in one piece so he can enjoy his retirement.
“If I don’t win another Grand National, I’ve won one and that was down to him. That is what it’s all about.”
Ballabriggs, who was also sixth in the 2012 National, won seven of his 28 starts and amassed over £624,000 in prize money.