The 2004 Grand National steeplechase event, proudly sponsored by Martell took place on 3rd of April. This was the 157th official Grand National and as per usual was held at Aintree, Liverpool – England.
In the ballpark of a number of the past Grand National tournaments, the race involved a total of 40 horses. The aggregate prize money amounted to £600,000 comprising of a generous £348,000 to the winner.
Graham Lee, a champion jockey who had impressed many times previously, finally clinched the highest honour of them all, but winning the National. He achieved this history making feat by 3 lengths atop Amberleigh – an equally star-studded victor who had showed much promise for years. Amberleigh House had been trained by Ginger McCain, a renowned English stable operator. While Amberleigh was backed before the off it was still available a 16-1.
There were 11 finishers out of 39 runners who participated in the race. Clan Royal, the chosen mount for the talented Liam Cooper, scooped the second position to claim a slice of the substantial prize money available. Lord Atterbury ridden by Mark Bradburne, finished third.