National win­ner Bal­labriggs re­tired

Irish Examiner - Racing - - RACING - By Keith Hamer

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.

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